Huntleigh Healthcare

Sonicaid Team 3

User Centred Design
Medical Interactions - Ensuring usability with new technologies

As developments in technology see medical devices changing beyond recognition, Huntleigh saw the need for a user-centred approach to develop the interface for a new Fetal Monitor. The design was fundamentally different than any of its predecessors, with the inclusion of more powerful features and a touch-screen for the first time.

PDR worked together with midwives to develop an interface that fit their needs. Using generative design tools we gained an understanding of their needs and preferences: from the requirement to be able to understand data at a glance, to the desire for a low-light version which would not disturb patients at night time. One novel method utilised on this project was recently reported at DESIGN 2016 as it was successfully trialled in multiple interface design projects within PDR.

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The design developed over multiple testing iterations with end users. Moving on from the generative research and paper prototypes PDR took the product through a structured Usability Engineering cycle all of which was documented in line with ISO 62366. This process ensured that the design would be intuitive and safe to use.

The end product was a beautiful and usable interface backed by research, with a strong narrative and user validated design decisions.
Visit our “Interaction Design” page to find out more on how we can help you make interfaces that really work for your customer, or, our “Human Factors and Usability Engineering” page for help with your regulatory requirements.


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Alistair Ruff User Centred Design Lead