2010 Design of Medical Devices Conference Abstracts

A Problem Well Defined is Nearly Solved PUBLIC ACCESS

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Ryan Lewis

University of Cincinnati

J. Med. Devices 4(2), 027503 (Aug 06, 2010) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.3439645 History: Published August 06, 2010; Online August 06, 2010


Solving problems is simple. Understanding which problems should be solved is immensely challenging. Medical device design projects frequently begin with a search for solutions rather than a clear appraisal of needs. Understanding clinical needs, user needs, unmet needs and the differences between them is crucial. Through a process of filtering research into an array of needs the author prescribes a method to aid the designer in defining the overarching problem. This array can create a clear path to problem solutions while utilizing a methodology that fits in the context of a regulated design process. For medical device startups, design consulting firms, and corporate manufacturers, a clear understanding of the problem can mark the difference between a misguided solution and a solution that benefits physicians and patients.

Copyright © 2010 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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