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Medical & Health Design

We have experience in designing new products for medical and care applications. People are even more the focus of the design process and the creation of useful and meaningful solutions is crucial.
We design both wearables for health applications, as well as medical devices, re-validation products, medical aid products and (semi) medical products that are used in hospitals, dental clinics and care homes.
 
 

Medical Product Design

Design and development of medical devices, being it handheld devices and instruments, endovascular devices, orthotic devices, monitoring devices or larger devices like air treatment systems in an OR environment ask for a user centered approach, smart technology and innovative thinking. We design always in close cooperation with medical staff, patients and development partners.

In many cases idea's for new products come from medical staff, like a surgeon that during many years of experience finds a new way to operate and needs a new tool for that. Normally first some proof-of-principle tools are developed to test during new operations, after which a full design project is started. Using both user centered design and smart engineering this project leads after some iterations to final prototypes that will enter the approval process.
 
 
The process of medical design is very similar to that of designing other products, but there is more attention to user research, testing and validations of solutions with medical teams and multiple stakeholder groups in hospitals or care homes.

The process requires also more research and documentation on norms, certificated materials, coatings, resistance against cleaning chemicals, general sanitation of the product, water-resistance, safety norms, etcetera.
 

User Studies

In our medical design projects we are used to involve medical staff as the future users of most of the products that we design. And also patients, which in some cases operate the products as well. We run observations, try out solutions, organize short effective group sessions, make interpretations on user environment and expected use, coming to simple, beautiful and smart medical product design.

In case of a medical alarm system, a very effective session with medical staff helped us to understand that the present products were used in a non-intended way, leading to a dangerous situation for patients. These observations and sessions helped us to design a product that was closer to the daily routine of the medical staff, fitted their mental model better and made their work easier, while taking away the danger for the patient.
 
 
 

 

 
 

Support for certification of medical devices and medical aid products

We work together with several partners to support our clients with the certification of products, both general certifications for CE regarding mechanical and low voltage regulations, as well as EMC / ESD regulations.

Apart from that we can also assist together with partners in the application and testing for specific medical certifications like 93/42/EEC, ICE 60601 or FDA class I or II devices.





 
 
For more projects that we did in the field of medical design and design for health, please visit our Design for Health project overview.

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dare to create change in people's lives?

We want to use our industrial design expertise and product development skills to help people reach healthier, safer or better life conditions. That sounds pretty idealistic, and so it is.
 
Of course we also know about the dynamics of business and about the need to make money. We believe you and your company can do both: make good money and create products that contribute in one or another way to people's well being.
 
We partner with courageous companies, from start-up to multinational, and design products that contribute to a positive change in people's lives. We design both consumer products, medical devices, spaces and professional products.
 
You find our products on markets in Europe, the USA and Asia. Our products are used in many different places like care homes, paper manufacturing facilities, sport courts, construction sites, hospitals and dentists practices.

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