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world and ensuring that devices slide seamlessly into the end
user's life, medical device manufacturers can gain a competitive
edge while delivering an improved patient experience.
Finally, medtech companies must continue to learn from
both within their own industry and from other highly regulated
industries, adopting best practices to confidently design and architect
products with the utmost level of security. For example,
Flex is a member of the Project Centauri partner ecosystem,
and we continue to refine and apply these standards to healthcare
and connected medical device applications to deliver quality,
security, and seamless connectivity.
MDB: How can companies navigate these changes in their
product design strategies?
JS: Medtech companies must prioritize agility and resilience
when developing product design strategies. What
does this look like in practice? First and foremost, medtech
companies need to view the product design phase through
a lens of future-proofing. What happens if critical materials
or components face availability, production or shipping delays?
What are the potential regulatory risks or sustainability
requirements down the road? The point of view has to be
broader than " how can I develop or iterate a device that solves
a medical problem. "
This is where working with an advanced manufacturing partner
with relevant expertise, a truly global point of view, and
advanced technology solutions designed to help with these
challenges can make an enormous difference. Additionally,
by partnering with a manufacturer serving a diverse group of
industries - particularly faster-turn industries like consumer
electronics - medtech companies can leverage best practices
from other industries and put themselves in a better position to
adapt and innovate more quickly.
MDB: Can you provide specific examples or insights that
illustrate how HMI can contribute to the transformation of
health and patient care?
JS: There are a number of examples that point to the impact
of HMI on better outcomes and patient care. Every time we
partner with a medtech customer, our goal is to improve the
user experience as well as patient outcomes. HMI is the key to
accomplishing those goals.
One example that jumps to mind is Flex's development
of a voice-controlled autoinjector demonstrator to enhance
dose-delivery for the patient. The device pairs with a smartphone
app, which guides the user with step-by-step instructions.
The autoinjector's HMI design, which provides prompts when
needed and allows voice activation to " start " and " stop " the
injection directly, addresses users' issues with pressing buttons
on autoinjector devices. By focusing on elegant, user-friendly
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HMI solutions, we can provide more intuitive and user-friendly
experiences for patients who require ongoing management of
chronic conditions.
MDB: One of your highlighted topics is the importance of
designing innovative, future-proof medical devices. Can you
share some specific considerations and strategies for achieving
this goal, particularly in the context of addressing the needs of
an aging population and patients facing chronic illness?
JS: Patients facing chronic illness and the growing aging population
both need easier, faster, and reliable access to quality
care so that they can effectively manage their ongoing health
conditions and mitigate adverse outcomes. Connected devices
hold immense promise to address many of these challenges -
but keeping HMI front and center at the beginning of product
design is crucial to ensure these devices are intuitive and accessible
for all end users.
I mentioned the criticality of future-proofing earlier. To expand
further, future-proofing is an important exercise in the
product design phase to minimize technical obsolescence and
other negative impacts from future risks. Designers must prioritize
standard components to avoid future supply chain issues,
instead of defaulting to iterative designs that rely on legacy
electronics and healthcare grade plastics. Products should also
be designed with redundancy in validated components that can
be accessed through a localized supply chain so that companies
can respond quickly to changing dynamics.
It is also important to consider the number of parts in a product
and component durability. Fewer parts can reduce the risk
of supply chain impacts, while using more robust components
that are easily maintained can enable companies to minimize
spend on field calls and simplify the path for customers to repair
devices on their own. Additionally, products that are built
to last reduce environmental impact - and some healthcare
products can be reused and refurbished to maximize value.
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