On the 8th of November we celebrated World Usability Day 2007. The theme was Healthcare so we’ve invited Suzanne Currie to write this month’s Thought Leader article. Suzanne is a good friend of ours based in Minneapolis, and for the last sixteen months she has been working as a principal Human Factors Specialist at Medtronic, designing medical products. In this article, she will share her insights on applying user-centred design to medical devices.
It’s been said that Medtronic is to medical products what Microsoft is to computers. Medtronic’s 43,000 employees design and manufacture a staggering variety of medical products that are used all over the world. I joined Medtronic for a number of reasons, but the biggest draw card was working on products that contributed directly to human well-being. These are some of my thoughts as I’ve made the transition. Read more »