Beyond Wearables: Experiences and Trends in Design of Portable Medical Devices

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8520)


The use of Portable Medical Devices (PMDs) has become increasingly widespread over the last few years. A combination of factors; including advances in technology, the pressure to reduce public health costs and the desire to make health solutions accessible to a wider patient base are contributing to the growth in the PMD market. Design has a clear role to play in the current and future context of the PMD landscape. In this paper, we identify emerging trends in the design of PMDs; including changes in the form, purpose and mode of use, and explore how these trends are likely to fundamentally impact the nature of healthcare and the patient experience from an experience design perspective. We conclude by identifying a research opportunity for design within the healthcare and PMD context.


Portable Medical Device Implantable Medical Devices Mobile Health Patient Experience Experience Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Design, Creative Industries FacultyQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia

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