Episode 2

Published on:

13th Jul 2023

Human Factors in MedDev Design & Engineering (ft. Maggie Reiff)

In our second episode of Safe and Effective, we bring you multi-faceted conversation about human factors in medical device development from the unique perspective of a device engineer, Maggie Reiff. We talk to Maggie about her experience with integrating human factors into the device engineering process and what her lessons learned along the way were. We talk about the intricacies of making a case for proper implementation of human factors into the device design and engineering process and how to keep ahead of the game when leadership pushes back on usability test results they don't agree with.

Additionally, we provide a sneak preview of our next episode in which we address the everlasting debate of quantitative vs. qualitative data in human factors research, and how it is manifested in the medical device development industry, including guidances and regulations.

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About the Podcast

Safe and Effective
The Medical Human Factors Podcast
If you're interested in staying informed about the latest developments in medical human factors and user experience, then Safe and Effective is the podcast for you. We bring you lessons learned, case studies, and regulatory updates, through our conversations with experts from industry, academia, and government to share their insights and experiences with you. Join us as we explore the world of human factors and its impact on the medical field. Whether you're an industry expert or a novice looking to learn more, Safe and Effective, The Medical Human Factors Podcast is for you.

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Heidi M

Heidi is the founder and CEO of the medical human factors and usability consultancy HFUX Research, LLC, which specializes in medical device, technology, and combination product research, design, testing, and development. She has a wide-ranging background as a trained pilot, emergency medical technician, software analyst and human factors and usability expert within the (medical) product development industry. Her motivation for the past 20 years has been directed toward enhancing human-product performance by optimizing user interface design, information architecture and user and product workflow, through the application of human factors science and usability practices. She is an active mentor in the HF/UX community and HFES society. She holds patents in GUI design for medical imaging and surgical navigation software systems, a BS in Aeronautics, and a MS in Human Factors and Systems, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as technical degrees in IT Mgmt. and Emergency Medical Services, from Sacred Heart University and Daytona State College.