Foetal Monitor Interaction Design

Huntleigh Healthcare

Redesigning a foetal heart monitor for touchscreen technology.

As developments in technology changed medical devices beyond recognition, Huntleigh saw the need for a user-centred approach to develop the interface for a new Foetal Monitor. The design was fundamentally different than any of its predecessors, with the inclusion of more powerful features and a touch-screen for the first time.

Designed with Midwives

PDR worked with midwives to develop an interface that met their needs. Using generative design tools, we gained an understanding of their needs and preferences: from the requirement to be able to understand data at a glance, to the desire for a low-light version which would not disturb patients at night time.

Usability tested design

The design developed over multiple testing iterations with end-users. Starting from the generative research and paper prototypes PDR took the product through a structured Usability Engineering process documented in line with ISO 62366. This rigour ensured that the design would be intuitive and safe to use. The end product was a beautiful and usable interface backed by a strong research narrative and user validated design decisions.