IDSA's inaugural Medical Design Conference, The Usability Ecosystem, chaired by Sean Hägen, principal of BlackHägen Design, was held at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), a state-of-the-art virtual hospital and simulation center from Nov. 6 – 8, 2014 in Tampa, FL.
This conference was conceptualized and organized because it is widely recognized that the healthcare space provides a unique repository of problems and opportunities for research, design and development. Sessions approached design in the healthcare domain within the realm of usability — ranging from the evolving relationship between industrial design and human factors engineering, to enabling the healthcare culture to migrate from treating illness to enabling wellness.
Sessions were balanced between two primary tracks: discussions on why and what design can do to affect usability and in situ workshops on how usability design can be effective. The third day of the conference was optional and was conducted by Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) regulatory training course on usability design.