The Role of Human Factors Engineering for Development of Medical Devices

28 February 2018 Institute of Translational Medicine Heritage Building (Old Queen Elizabeth Hospital) Mindelsohn Way Birmingham B15 2TH

Every year over 11,000 people die in hospitals in England due to medical errors, many of which are due to incorrect medical device utilisation by the human operator. The need for more effective human factors engineering (HFE) in healthcare has been echoed with moves from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Europe to encourage medical device companies to complete this type of testing with documented guidance published in the last 2 years e.g. FDA guidance document for applying human factors & usability engineering to medical device and IEC 62366-1:2015 application of usability engineering to medical devices.

This workshop will provide you with an overview of human factors engineering (HFE) for medical devices, demanding more than just the ergonomics aspects. By performing usability studies, the manufacturer can assure design safety and its suitability for lay users, healthcare professionals or patients. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to distinguish between different types of usability tests and understand their integration in the product development cycle.

The workshop is free. To book, visit the Eventbrite page.