GE Healthcare

When Design is a Matter of Life and Death

GE Patient Monitors have been designed for situations where top class usability is crucial. The monitors are highly portable and can be customized on the go for different usage situations by using plug-and-play modules. Error-free daily use and easy transfer of patient parameters between devices ensures a safe care process.

Different wireless models have been developed for intensive care and for simply following the patient when moving between wards or hospitals.

Working in a Theatre

The differences in care processes between Europe and the U.S. are a central design driver in development of patient monitor systems. Thus, the design process starts from studying the workflows and working environments of doctors and nurses by observation and deep interviews. Such studies are conducted in different sites globally and involve all relevant stakeholders.

As a part of the design assignment from GE Healthcare, ED Design has optimized the basic layout of the operating theatre and the placement of the tools and devices in it. This work plays a major part in making medical operations run smoothly and without errors.

Long-term Development

Backward compatibility of parametric modules and interfaces is an important technical and commercial factor in design patient monitoring systems. Usability, of course, is of key importance, so development takes place in tight co-operation between different stakeholders. ED Design’s long experience in designing medical devices and systems ensures a flawless user experience for the product and its associated services. ED Design has been building on these principles since 1990 when we designed our first patient monitoring device.

Methods co-developed by Aalto University, GE Healthcare and ED Design continue to be used in development of GE’s medical products to this day.