Medical Device Design Challenges Based on Users Hierarchy and Their Correlation with Illness

  • Fabiola Cortes-ChavezEmail author
  • Maria Giovanna-Trotta
  • Paulina Manzano-Hernandez
  • Alberto Rossa-Sierra
  • Gabriela Duran-Aguilar
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


The absence of industrial designers in the design of medical devices, which are currently designed mostly by engineers and/or professionals with less study in the human centered design methodologies, as well as the rigorous regulations that govern the design of medical products, have diminished the importance of implementing a hierarchy of users during the design process. Most importantly, this hierarchy varies depending on the stage of the disease in which the patient is located. The medical devices should be designed taking into account the hierarchy of users in importance, priority of needs and their correlation with the stage of the patient’s illness.


Medical device design Engineering design User-centered design Design process Design challenges Usability User hierarchy Industrial design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabiola Cortes-Chavez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Giovanna-Trotta
    • 1
  • Paulina Manzano-Hernandez
    • 1
  • Alberto Rossa-Sierra
    • 1
  • Gabriela Duran-Aguilar
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Panamericana, Facultad de Ingeniería, prolongación Calzada Circunvalación Poniente 49ZapopanMexico

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