The iterative nature of medical device design

Lauren Aquino Shluzas*, Jan B. Pietzsch, M. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, Paul G. Yock, John H Linehan

*Corresponding author for this work

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A one-year study, sponsored by The Institute for Health Technology Studies, was conducted by a team of Stanford University researchers to develop a linear model of the medical device development process, from concept to commercialization. The empirical field study involved interviewing and surveying individuals who had been involved with various stages of the development process, ranging from concept definition to post-market surveillance. Six medical device case studies were conducted to exemplify the device development process and its variations for different types of technologies. The focus of this paper is to examine variations to the linear device development model, specifically iterations that occur across development phases. Development variations for drug/device combination medical products and variations influenced by financial constraints are likewise explored. The data presented in this paper is intended to provide a foundation for creating new development models and guidelines which reflect the highly complex and iterative nature of medical device design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDS 58-1
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09 - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2009Aug 27 2009


Other17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 09
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto, CA


  • Iterative design
  • Medical device design
  • Medical device development process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Modeling and Simulation


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