May 15–16, 2019 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA

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Human Factors in the Design Pathway: Lower Costs, Faster Approvals, More Profits


Bryce Rutter (Founder and CEO, Metaphase Design Group)

Location: Center Stage, Booth 563

Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Pass type: Conference (Paid), Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!

Free Content & Activities: Center Stage

Conference Track: Center Stage (Free)

Vault Recording: TBD

The perfect medical device is ergonomically designed to be a seamless extension of the human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. It makes the user better at what he/she does. It enhances precision, control, and dexterity, while minimizing exposure to stress and strain. The perfect design also makes an important emotional connection with the user. It engages the user on all sensory levels and creates a unique, intuitive, and empowering experience of confident use. This user-centered innovation strategy is anchored in understanding how end users think, feel, and behave and their human performance capabilities and limits. It is equally tethered to the functional tasks and outcomes that define success for the medical device.

The roadmap for designing the perfect medical device never varies, but the pathway has many different twists and turns that depend upon the unique challenges for each product success. Human factors design and engineering—in some ways the ideal expression of user need—demands uncompromised design integrity of each high-performance medical device so it fits the task and the user perfectly.

Human Factors as the prime driver in the design pathway produces a fully-equipped, comprehensively skilled design team with a truly user-centered innovation strategy, and the capabilities to identify and test for the ergonomics and kinesthetics necessary for device success. That mastery yields fewer design hiccups and operating errors, quicker compliance to regulatory parameters, and ultimately, faster approvals and increased profitability from a high-functioning, highly-desirable device.