From our vantage point of spending a great deal of time in the field and always working on the next great medical product that’s 2 to 5 years away from release, we have an interesting relationship to medical product design trends. On the one hand we help establish the trends with the products we do. On other hand we observe changing cultural trends and incorporate those into our design thinking.
One of the larger trends we are seeing is that some of the thinking behind what makes a great consumer product is finding its way into forming medical products, especially those that are very patient-centric in their use. Nowhere is this more obvious than in application specific products where we have an opportunity to design for a much more specific group of users, the product can be designed for a much better patient experience without the need to be all-things to all users like many of the general medical products out there. To give an example of this trend and be able to show it now the Bridge ID team designed our interpretation of what an ultrasound device could be like in the near future. Our press release below.
San Francisco – April 6, 2009 – Bridge Design, Inc. - Portability is the fastest growing segment in the ultrasound market. Imagine fast-forwarding a few years when technology becomes less expensive and more powerful and compact. What would a birthing-specific ultrasound, designed specifically for the mother–to-be, look like?San Francisco-based Bridge Design has come up with an innovative, mother-centric device that focuses on making the ultrasound experience pleasant and hassle-free. The Stork provides a number of features not yet on the market, including a second display so the mother won’t have to strain her neck to look at the screen. It also allows the mother to email electronic images directly to family and friends from the device instead of receiving paper printouts. Unlike the average ultrasound machine, the Stork is unintimidating, even playful, with a flip screen and basket-like portability which contains “cup holders” for probe and gel. The Stork’s color, materials, and finishes forgo the clinical white and gray palette for a much more soothing birthing experience.Bridge’s Director of Industrial Design, Matt Presta, who also happens to be a parent, explains:“Any mother who has had an ultrasound is familiar with the cart of equipment, probes, gels, screens, printouts, and everything else that comes with it. And although the experience is necessary for clinical reasons, many parents just want to see their baby. For years, Bridge has observed trends clearly pointing towards designing for the patient’s experience. Since we’re still a few years away from seeing the tipping point of the patient-centric trend in health care, we wanted to provide a glimpse into the future based on what we’re seeing happening in the industry.”It’s worth noting that although this device has not yet been manufactured it reflects a trend that Bridge sees growing, with more application-specific medical products likely to appear at healthcare facilities in the not-too-distant future. “As a given technology matures, its cost and size typically shrinks. This opens up exciting possibilities to those forward-thinking medical equipment manufacturers who understand that if you change your design thinking to be more user and patient-centric, then new market opportunities can be created. Addressing baseline functionality and reliability at low cost is not enough to stay ahead of the game in mature markets,” says Presta.
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