The global medical device contract research organization market was valued at $7.21 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8% from 2023 to 2030. The market growth can be attributed to the growing demand for advanced medical devices, according to an industry research report.
To stay ahead of the competition in the rapidly evolving medical device industry, it is crucial to adopt effective design principles. One such principle is "KISS", Keep It Simple, Stupid. This design philosophy advocates for simplicity and minimal complexity in product design. By adhering to the "KISS" principle, medical device designers can ensure higher levels of user acceptance and interaction.
This article explores how to apply "KISS" principles to medical device design, providing valuable insights for staying ahead in this competitive industry.

1. Reduce the Part Quantities of a Product

For medical product design engineers, reducing the number of components and simplifying product design can significantly reduce workload and minimize design errors. The tasks involved in the development cycle of a medical product component, including concept design, concept discussions, detailed design, CAE analysis, and DFMA checks, as shown in Figure-1, are all demanding tasks. Neglect or errors in any of these stages can have fatal consequences for product quality, cost, and development timeline. Therefore, reducing the number of components and simplifying product design provides visible benefits for engineers, allowing them to allocate more time and energy to improving the quality of product design.
Concept Design DFMEA Analysis Sample Verification Mold Design Mold Modification Concept Discussion Tolerance Analysis Design Modification Mold Manufacturing Component Retesting Detailed Design Design Review Engineering Drawing Component Testing FAL/CPK Inspection CAE Analysis Design Modification Part Quotation Component Validation Mold Approval DFMA Check Sample Production IEC Safety Test Sterilization EMI/RFI Biocomp Compliance & Regulatory Support Mold Discussion Design Modification Part Approval

Figure-1: The entire development life cycle for a medical product part.

2. Decrease Color Variations

Color is a powerful tool for communication, classification, and user guidance. It can differentiate important functions (red/yellow) from safe ones (green/blue) and indicate priority levels through shades. Colors can define product sections and remind users of proper usage. They also evoke emotions, with vibrant colors energizing fitness products and warm hues promoting calmness in prenatal settings. In medical product design, color guides users by highlighting buttons and important information on screens.
Using color sparingly improves usability, while excessive color can cause confusion. In both software and hardware design, color and contrast lead users to crucial areas in medical devices.

3. Streamline GUI Design

The increasing use of medical products in home care calls for user-friendly designs that are easy to understand and use correctly. Simplifying the design and making it intuitive through shape can help non-professionals avoid mistakes. Large and single-function buttons, along with strategically used colors, aid in quick identification and access to critical features. In user interface design, minimalism reduces clutter, allowing users to focus on essential information. Fewer choices result in faster decision making, especially in time-sensitive medical situations. Hiding less important features in menus can further streamline the interface.

4. Simplify the Structure for Easy Cleaning

Medical products must be designed for easy cleaning due to their exposure to bodily fluids, alcohols, acids, reagents, viruses, and bacteria. To achieve this, gaps and crevices in the product's design should be minimized. Seams can be tightly sealed or covered with overlapping features. Accessible gaps allow for convenient wipe down. Additionally, the design should favor smooth, non-porous surfaces that can be easily cleaned with swabs, sprays, or wipes. Minimalistic shapes with fewer crevices further prevent the accumulation of dirt and contaminants.
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