Clemson HFES Guest Speaker: Dr. Arathi Sethumadhavan of Medtronic

The Clemson HFES student chapter welcomes Dr. Arathi Sethumadhavan of Medtronic on Friday, April 12th at 1 PM in Brackett 419. This will take the place of this week’s Human Factors Discussion Group; NOTE THE UNUSUAL TIME.

Arathi is a Senior Human Factors Scientist at Medtronic’s Cardiac Rhythm and Disease Management, where she conducts human factors research to aid the design of safe and usable medical systems/workflows.

Arathi will be discussing the following:

Advancements in technology and increase in system complexity have made it critical for medical device manufacturers to design products that minimize use error that would lead to user or patient harm. In addition to improving safety, integrating human factors engineering very early into the product development lifecycle also helps to maximize product effectiveness by facilitating ease of learning and ease of use as well as speeds time to market by identifying usability issues early in the product development cycle. This talk will discuss:

  • The increased regulatory focus on human factors engineering,
  • How human factors can be integrated into an organization’s product development process, and
  • A case study of how conducting human factors research very early in the product development lifecycle helps to gain unique insights about the user population, user workflow, and usage environment, that can influence product design.
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