Attention is a finite resource, like money or oil. It’s a resource we spend throughout the day on most of the tasks we must complete. As our resources dwindle, we cross a mental threshold, after which we are no longer able to perform at our best. When it comes to medical device use, whether it’s a sleep-deprived clinician or an anxious patient, not being able to perform at our best has tangible, potentially harmful consequences.
While it is tempting to include features that demand the user’s attention (think alarms, alerts, and flashing LEDs), it can be more effective to design a device that doesn’t demand much attention at all!
So how do you create devices that encourage automatic thought to achieve successful use?
Spend just 30 minutes with Kate to learn:
- What it means to spend cognitive resources
- The effect of low-resource cognition (automatic thought) on behavior
- How medical device design can prevent human error, even when cognitive resources are low
Register To attend Flex Talks: Designing Medical Devices to Be Intuitive, Wednesday, September 2, 10:00am - 10:30am (EDT) or 12:00pm - 12:30pm (EDT).
This Flex Talks is the first in our series on Medical Device Design & Development. If you’d like the calendar for the entire series, including a parallel track on Medical Manufacturing & Supply Chain, click here.