How does the healthcare industry involve users in medical device development? Pointers for UbiHealth
Craven, Michael P. and Martin, Jennifer L. (2004) How does the healthcare industry involve users in medical device development? Pointers for UbiHealth. In: UbiHealth 2004: 3rd International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing for Pervasive Healthcare Applications, 7-10 September 2004, Nottingham, UK.
This paper introduces the Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH) and outlines the problem of integrating a user-centred approach for development of medical devices together with the information and communication technology environments in which they are increasingly required to operate. We highlight some of the regulatory requirements that are relevant to user needs consideration in medical device development. Finally, we reveal a range of limitations in the current practice of the medical device industry in the area of user needs capture, based on responses from interviews with MATCH’s industry partners.
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