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December 16, 2021updated 13 Jan 2022 4:18pm

User Interface

By Nat Schaefer

User interface includes all the physical elements of a medical device that enable interaction between the user such as doctors, nurses and patients, as well as the device itself.

The growing utility of technical equipment in the healthcare industry continuously calls for more advancement in the medical device interfaces to make the devices more user-friendly.

Discover top user interface specialists for medical devices

Using its intel, insights and decades-long experience in the sector, Medical Device Network has compiled a list of companies providing products and services, including, but not limited to:

  • Custom and fully assembled user interfaces
  • Washable computer peripherals for medical environments
  • Custom touch screen and touch-enabled devices
  • Projected, capacitive and resistive touchscreens for medical devices

The information provided in the download document is drafted for medical device executives, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, user interface software engineers, technicians, technical sales engineers, usability designers, software design engineers, product designers and any other individual involved in the operations in the medical device user interface industry.

The download contains detailed information on the suppliers and their product offerings, alongside contact details to ease your purchasing decision.

User interface specifications in medical device

User interface specifications provide a complete description of a medical device’s user interface, including the tangible aspects such as the design, engineering, and optimisation, as well as the intangible aspects of the device.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prescribes user interface specifications for medical device manufacturers, mostly for development aspects while the transition from the hospital settings to home care forces many medical devices to adopt a more user-centric design and intuitive design approach.

Human factors engineers are required to work together with graphical user interface designers and other mechanical, software and technical team for a comprehensive development of all aspects of the medical device user interface design and specifications.

Addressing flaws in medical device user interface design

Improvement in user interface design by retaining aesthetics has become crucial to the commercial success of a medical device.

Design flaws in medical devices are being addressed with a more ergonomic and safer approach, such as a minimalistic flat design for non-critical controls to keep the aesthetics clean, icon with concise text labels, simple illustrations guiding users through a process, strong visual cues for scrolling, and larger text for important information.

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