Stephen Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA

Stephen Wilcox, FIDSA
Principal and Founder
Design Science

Principal and the Founder of Design Science Stephen Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA has 30 years of experience working on the usability of products, particularly medical devices. He was the Chair of IDSA’s Human Factors Section for several years and serves on AAMI’s Human Factors Engineering Committee and the IEC/ISO committee responsible for IEC/ISO 62366:2007. He holds a BS in psychology and anthropology from Tulane University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Penn State and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Designing Usability into Medical Products, with Michael Wiklund, was published in 2005.

How the Internet of Things is Changing (and will Change) Healthcare Product Development

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.