usability

Healthcare Providers: We want your input!

At Design Science our mission is to amplify the needs of users to cultivate advancement in health care technology. That’s why we need your input! We’re looking for medical professionals to participate in simulated studies at Design Science. Help influence how products can be made safer, easier, and better! Read more

NARCAN® Nasal Spray makes opioid overdose reversal more accessible to non-medical first responders

Recently, we conducted a technical evaluation for ADAPT Pharma, Inc. In the evaluation we compared two delivery methods for the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone—NARCAN® Nasal Spray and a naloxone prefilled syringe with a nasal atomizer (PFS-NA). We found that the level of task complexity and number of steps within those tasks were substantially greater for PFS-NA than for the nasal. Read more

Design (Science) Thinking

We put our heads together last week in a workshop aimed at expanding the role of Design Thinking in our organization’s culture. Every day, our engineers, researchers, designers, and strategic partnership associates use the methods of design thinking to tackle, analyze, and solve problems. The workshop was an excellent reminder that humans remain the focal point of our work. We spent the afternoon. Read more

World Usability Day: Exploring “Good and Evil” in Design

On November 8, we celebrated World Usability Day by engaging with some excellent design professionals and talking about the apparent discord between user-driven product development and financial influences in the medical world. Read more

Thanks for Stopping By: A Review of HFES 2018

The first week of October, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) International Annual Meeting came to our hometown of Philadelphia! This conference included presentations and events from a variety of human factors domains, such as surface transportation, aviation, and, of course, healthcare. Since the meeting took place in our own backyard, we made sure to get involved in several ways. Read more

Happy World Usability Day! (video)

To celebrate World Usability Day this year, Design Science sent Larry and Ziggy out to explore the impact of design on people’s day-to-day lives. It turned out to be pretty significant. Read more

The Benefits of Electronic Data Capture in Usability Studies

As a company that is perpetually seeking to make products highly usable, it's natural that we would apply that same scrutiny to how our own human factors usability studies are conducted. For the past few years, we've been exploring one specifically onerous aspect of usability studies: the ubiquitous pen and paper interview guide. Our clients are eager to ensure that our methods of capturing data. Read more

MDO Article: Five Qualities of a Good Use Risk Assessment (uFMEA)

What makes a use risk assessment good? Researcher Bryon Calawa answers that question in Design Science’s latest guest column for MedDeviceOnline. Read more

Verification Vs. Validation: Twin Cities in the Land of Design Control

Verification and validation are two critical elements of product development. One informs the elements of a product’s design, while the other looks at those design elements in the hands of users. Although often used synonymously, these alliterative terms sit on opposite sides of the product development life cycle. Read more

5 Tips for Your First Study in a Necropsy Lab

  Why Use Cadavers? The study of human anatomy using cadavers dates back to roughly 300 BC, when the Greek physician Herophilus started to use dissection to understand human anatomy. Since then, cadavers have served as a major aid to education and research. For medical students learning anatomy and surgeons perfecting their instrument techniques, cadavers provide physical training materials.. Read more

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