Monthly Archives: November 2015

Back by popular demand – one day seminar on Human Factors and Medical Devices

Developing medical devices that really meet users’ needs will give you a distinct competitive advantage. Following a robust development process that is focused upon the users shortens your time to market, reduces development costs and maximises the uptake of your product.
IMG_20150910_133403063_HDRRecently, we were invited to deliver, once again, our course “Incorporating Human Factors in your MedTech Design Process”. We previously had the pleasure of delivering the course with the support of Medilink, as part of their professional development programme. Our most recent event was tailored to meet the the needs of a product design client and held in-house for their complete design team.

“That was the best training we have ever had”

Throughout an intensive, action packed day, attendees learned how to deliver a more effective process for product development, incorporating ISO 62366:2015 alongside US and EU regulatory requirements. Delegates took away a tool-kit that enabled them to understand their product’s target user group(s), identify and mitigate risks effectively, make data based decisions and improve their products by incorporating robust market advantage features into design.

IMG_20150910_143517074_HDRFull immersion workshops are an integral feature of our seminars and this one was no exception, as you can see from these photos. Delegates experienced first hand some of the key steps in satisfying Human Factors requirements, from identifying User Needs right through to designing and executing a brief formative study!

“A great insight into the detail which is involved with the designing of a medical device”

Delegates left the event full of enthusiasm and keen to implement what they’d learned.

All of our professional development sessions can be run in-house and tailored to fit your specific needs. Examples of our recent sessions include medical device development, design controls and risk management.

Is herding cats easier than Design Controls?

With increasing pressures on healthcare businesses to get to market quicker and pressure to lower development costs, managing your design controls activities effectively has never been more important. However, regulatory expectations for medical technology development are continuously evolving. IMG_20150917_121626071There’s a natural tension between these two aims that is further complicated by the interactions and interdependencies of the major strands of product development. Following a process that is focused on doing the right things, at the right times, ensures the balance is maintained, shortens your time to market and reduces development costs.

This may all sound difficult to balance, managing to cope with these strands going off in sometimes wildly different directions.  If you’ve ever even thought about herding cats, you’ll appreciate the challenges involved.  However, in the latest of our programme of professional development training courses, in collaboration with Medilink West Midlands, we had the pleasure of focusing on how to manage control these strands,.Getting to grips with Design Controls

“Excellent, interactive aspect of the course was a brilliant idea”

 

 

Our goal was to provide attendees with an understanding of the crucial steps that need to be taken to ensure successful project completion. We outlined common pitfalls and how to avoid them as well as providing strategies to apply to existing and new projects.
Typical of the training events we deliver, the day was intensive and action packed, no time for delegates to switch off!

“Excellent, very well paced, good practical sessions”

Talking issues through
As usual, there were several full immersion workshops, interspersed with “classroom” sessions, as you can see from these photos. Delegates experienced first hand the key stages of defining and managing a project though to completion.

Delegates left the event full of enthusiasm and keen to implement what they’d learned.

“I wish we’d looked at this course 18 months ago”

They left better equipped for their next (or current) device project and perhaps more capable at herding cats too.

All of our professional development sessions can be run in-house and tailored to fit your specific needs. Some of our recent sessions include project management, medical device development, design controls, Human Factors and risk management.