4. Carry out formative human factors studies.
Carrying out usability studies as soon as possible in the process will help validate the direction you are taking before committing too much time and investment into the development.
5. Test and validate your medical device early in the development process to catch any potential issues before they become costly to fix.
This can help you reduce the overall cost of development by avoiding expensive rework.
6. Keep It Simple!
Focus on essential features that are required to make your medical device functional and effective. Avoid adding unnecessary features that can increase the cost of development. The less parts, features or functions you have in your device, the less there is to develop, less risk of supply chain complexity or hold ups, less parts to fail in the field! Commonize parts where possible but avoid over-complicating parts to achieve it.
7. Take advantage of simulation software to get the design as close as possible before physically testing prototypes.
Once you get your first moulded parts, you can validate the material model used in the simulation software and then have confidence that you can accurately simulate any design changes to the part moving forwards.
8. Choose the correct prototyping process for the part requirements.
Battling with un-representative prototypes that keep breaking will just delay the project, prevent effective user studies and can lead to either over-engineered parts or un-necessary failures during testing. Ensure you consider what you need to test and learn from specific prototypes and select the correct prototyping process for the requirements.
Reducing medical device development costs is crucial for improving affordability and accessibility in healthcare. By implementing the tips discussed in this blog, including leveraging existing technologies, optimizing design and manufacturing processes, collaborating with partners, and considering regulatory requirements early on, pharmaceutical, healthcare and med-tech companies can effectively lower their development costs without compromising quality or efficacy.
It is important to remember that cost reduction efforts should be balanced with the need to maintain high standards of quality and safety. Close collaboration between engineers, designers, manufacturers, and regulatory experts is key to ensure that cost-saving measures do not compromise the efficacy or safety of the final product.
Furthermore, continuous evaluation and improvement of development processes, as well as exploring innovative approaches such as virtual prototyping and simulation, can further enhance cost-effectiveness in medical device development.
By following these tips, you can optimize your resources, streamline processes, and bring innovative and affordable solutions to patients and practitioners. Lowering medical device development costs not only benefits the bottom line of companies but also contributes to improving patient care and outcomes, making healthcare more accessible and affordable for all. Please get in touch to discuss how Haughton Design could help accelerate your medical device development.