Design for Health
Congratulations to Dr. Fiona Wixted and Dr. Eoin White from their Design Factors friends and from the School of Design, who have graduated with their PhDs at the August 2017 UL Conferrings.
SoloPEP is an Enterprise Ireland funded commercialisation project that aims to deliver a disposable positive expiratory pressure device to patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, emphysema and COPD.
XoSoft is a soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton which aims to assist people with mobility impairments.
Development of a Fuzzy Front End design framework to optimise commercial success of low risk medical device development
The aim of this research is to focus on developing an alternative approach to determine unmet user and clinical needs in low risk medical devices.
Exploring opportunities to improve clinical outcome in laparoscopic abdominal surgery using human factors methods to identify specific design needs.
A lower-body, upper-body and full-body assistive exoskeletons which supports older adults in carrying out their daily tasks, and participating in occupational and social activities.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is an emerging treatment option for previously contraindicated patients suffering from Aortic Stenosis (AS)
Hydros is a three piece personal flotation system that mitigates the effects of cold water shock, hypothermia, and secondary drowning.
Ostoform is medical device that aims to manage peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies.
Design Factors research in the field of health focuses on the experience of the users within the healtcare systems. We work on products and product service systems that improve the experience of the patient, clinician and/ or carers. Connected Health and UX (User Experience) form a basis for much of the research work as products work in an interconnected mix of medical devices, digital user interfaces and data systems. Our research projects bring together expertiese from a variety of disciplines with a view to designing holsitic solutions that reshape our understanding of health. If you are interested in colaborating with Design Factors on a health related project please see: http://designforhealth.ie