In the information revolution, healthcare adoption tends to lag behind other industries. Now, as a new revolution approaches, medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies are beginning to pilot projects with smart, connected devices. This trend signals huge changes in the nature of medical devices—and changes the way they are designed, developed, tested, approved and deployed.
Hugh Dubberly and Stephen Wilcox, PhD, find that a new generation of HCPs (and patients) are beginning to expect devices to connect. Instead, products must now be seen as members of complex product-service ecologies. Data collection, integration, analysis, prediction and visualization are becoming core competencies. The impact on designers goes far beyond graphical user interfaces and app development. Designers must now think in terms of systems and platforms.