Please join Sean Hägen at the IDSA Medical Design Conference

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Renee Sheremeta



Sean Hägen, Principal and Director of Research and Synthesis at BlackHägen Design; will be leading workshops and chairing a panel at the upcoming IDSA Medical Design Conference taking place at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, FL.

Sean will lead two workshops (part of the pre-conference Experiential Symposium): The first workshop will demonstrate the design and implementation of a contextual usability study for a device system that requires a team of users. The teams usability workshop will demonstrate the process with a simulated robotic assisted surgery in a high fidelity OR via a da Vinci Case Study. The course will include generative ethnography, formative usability testing and summative usability validation.

The second workshop will provide instruction in conducting contextual inquiry studies utilizing a high fidelity simulation of an Interventional Cardiology procedure where participants will learn the fundamentals presented in AAMI TIR 51 on contextual inquiry in a hybrid catheter lab/OR.

Sean will also be moderating a panel discussion on generative techniques for eliciting design inputs in the healthcare space. How do you enable the type-A commando personality, so common among clinicians, to share their aspirations and unmet needs? What are the most creative means by which you’ve elicited feedback or idea generation from a user?

Sean Hägen’s bio

Functional Aesthetics

Philip Remedios on Industrial Design
From the summer issue of IDSA's INNOVATION Journal

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Ed Sherman

functional aesthetics by Philip Remedios

As a discipline, industrial design is more than a century old, yet its role in medical R&D is often misunderstood by engineering and executive management who are historically focused on technology, safety and efficacy. The old stereotype that designers merely round off the edges of an enclosure and apply racing stripes to sex up the aesthetics still lives on in some minds.

The good news is that for some time now marketing and sales teams have come to understand the value of good design. So why is there this misunderstanding? At its core, industrial design seeks to satisfy intrinsic and often subjective qualities of a product, important attributes whose values can be difficult to quantify and associate with commercial success, a conundrum familiar in marketing but not necessarily engineering.

functional aesthetics

Philip has been involved in international design and product development for over 25 years, and is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. He spent eight years in automotive design before transitioning into product design with a focus on medical devices. He has held executive management positions at several firms before joining BlackHägen Design in 2002 as a partner and director of design.

Read more about BlackHägen Design’s work in the Medical Device industry

Download and Read Philip’s full article on Industrial Design in the Medical Device space

Philip Remedios' bio

Sean Hägen named guest editor for the Summer 2014 issue of IDSA’s INNOVATION

DUNEDIN, FL. April 28th, 2014 - BlackHägen  Design  announced  that  Sean  Hägen, IDSA,  Principal  of  BlackHägen  Design,  will  be  guest  editor  of  the  Summer  2014 issue  of  INNOVATION,  the  quarterly  journal  of  the  Industrial  Designers  Society  of America  (IDSA).  The Summer issue will be dedicated to  strategic and tactical design in  the  healthcare  domain  and  changing  the  healthcare  culture  from  treating  illness  to delivering wellness.

The issue “will be a great read, exploring medical device design and leading up to the inaugural 2014 Medical Device Design Conference” according to the April designBytes, the electronic newsletter of the IDSA. The conference, entitled “The Usability Ecosystem,” is tailored towards both Industrial Designers and Human Factors Engineers, and will be held at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), Nov. 6 - 8, 2014, in Tampa FL.

Sean Hägen’s bio

More About BlackHägen Design

Sean Hägen to Represent the “Experts” in Panel Debate: “Should Only Experts Design Medical Products?”

IDSA “Breaking the Rules” 2013 International Conference, August 21st – 24th Chicago.

DUNEDIN, FL. July 19th, 2013 - BlackHägen Design announced that Sean Hägen will debate as a member of the “Specialist” team at the IDSA 2013 International Conference to be held August 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The classic argument that has been echoed by generations is applied to designing in the healthcare space: When it comes to medical device design, which is the more affective designer; the Generalist or the Specialist?   Sean will support the case that designing for institutional health care should only be done by specialists in the field. Those designers are also still the best choice to design medical products for the home. Medical designers should have significant experience with the regulatory processes that insure safety and efficacy.

The “Generalist” team will counter they are able to research and design in any context equally well.  The cross pollination of different industries and use scenarios enhances the design process.

Sean Hägen’s bio

Sean Hägen to Speak at 2013 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Symposium

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Advancing the Cause, March 10-13th, Baltimore MD.

DUNEDIN, FL. February 14, 2013 - BlackHägen Design announced that Sean Hägen will present at the 2013 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Advancing the Cause, to be held March 10-13 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.  Sean’s address, entitled “The Heathcare Domain- A Usability-Driven Industry,”  will examine how the current regulatory focus on usability is changing the device development process.  Assuming therapeutic efficacy is a given, usability design is a leading focus of new medical devices due to the alarming rate of mortality and morbidity associated with use error. Medical device manufacturers will need to leverage “Usability Engineering.” This term is being considered to represent the process in the current revision of the international usability standard ISO/IEC 62366:2007.

The presentation will further analyze:

  • The impact on usability design as the POC migrates out of the institution into the community.
  • The impact of changing culture and demographics in the clinical space on usability.
  • The difference between UE, HFE, ID, UX, and interactions design.