Guidelines set by regulatory bodies and standard development organizations have paved the way for human factors and usability testing in healthcare. While healthcare usability professionals and healthcare organizations continue to adopt design and research practices from industry standards, the opportunities in human-centered research (psychology, cognitive neuroscience, etc..) should not be overlooked.
Many medical device users regularly use devices in low-cognitive states, decreasing the amount of payable attention and increasing risk of error.
Scientific literature investigating attention and cognitive control provides valuable data that can be applied to usability research and device design.
To mitigate risk related to inattention, medical device teams are looking at "low-demand design" which may facilitate safe and effective use for low-resource cognition.
By leveraging the evolving understanding of human attentional capacity, healthcare professionals can shed light on medical device design of the future.