This Contextual Inquiry Workshop primarily focus on how to conduct contextual inquiry in an extreme environment where reality surpasses imagination. We will walk through the general process of executing a CI study followed by an examination of its specifics within an Emergency Department. We will discuss the inherent challenges of patient enrollment and patient consent. Other topics will include access, proper conduct on site, field work preparation and data analysis.
MARY BETH PRIVITERA, IDSA Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program University of Cincinnati
Mary Beth Privitera is co-developer and faculty in the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cincinnati. She is an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering and instructor of Industrial Design. Privitera is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Factors Committee, American Society of Engineering Educators, Product Development and Management Association and Design Management Institute. She has been associated with more than 30 product releases, holds five patents and several provisional patents. Additionally, she has published and lectured on a variety of topics, including collaborative design, surgical techniques and human factors. Privitera received her bachelor's in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 and master's of design in 1995. Current research/design efforts include human factors in interventional therapies modeling human-device interactions as they translate into clinical actions.
Hospitals are constantly evolving to improve patient outcomes. Yet a key piece of equipment that is ubiquitous has gone unaltered since it was patented in 1933 - and it was never designed for use in the hospital. We're talking about the wheelchair! An icon of healthcare and disability, we see images of the wheelchair everywhere we go–parking spots, license plates, signs, etc. Explore the product development process undertaken by the Michael Graves Design Group in partnership with Stryker Medical to transform seated patient transport in the hospital. Learn how discoveries were turned into real solutions to problems that go beyond the patient experience. Learn about the research design process that addresses the needs of multiple stakeholders throughout the hospital environment.
ROB VAN VARICK, IDSA Vice President – Product Design Michael Graves Design Group
Rob Van Varick has been with the Michael Graves Design Group for the past 11 years. As a partner of the firm, he works with a broad range of clients and leads design teams on a wide spectrum of projects; including retail, hospitality, contract furniture and healthcare. The Michael Graves Companies employ a unique, integrated multidisciplinary approach to design to enhance the human experience at every scale—from the built environment to the objects in a room. Their mission is to provide clients around the globe with innovative design solutions that are functional, sustainable, sensitive and beautiful.
Over 95 percent of all medical products used by clinicians and patients involve the use of the hands in some fashion. Repairing a torn retina requires extreme precision from ophthalmic surgeons manipulating microsurgical instruments fractions of a millimeter. Similarly, a knee replacement demands the same precision from orthopedic surgeons while carrying out physically rigorous and high-impact movements. Outside of the hospital, patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis with highly compromised hand function give themselves injections. Effectively accomplishing these tasks is not trivial and argued by many to be one of the most complex operations humans perform. It requires seamless coordination and control of 14 joints and 29 degrees of freedom per hand, interlaced with real-time kinesthetic feedback. In this session we look at how hands work, what they afford, how we control them and highlight critical success factors in the design of handheld medical instruments and devices.