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  • Dr. Anthony Andre is elected as Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Recognition of this honor will be made on Tuesday, October 23, at the Opening Plenary Session of the 2012 HFES Annual Meeting in Boston, MA...
  • Dr. Andre quoted in recent San Jose Mercury News article, Pedal pusher: Desk-bike marketer hopes to get more workers into shape, with his take on a new desk-bike...
  • Dr. Andre to host and chair the 2013 HFES Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care! The Symposium, titled "Advancing the Cause" will be held March 11-13, 2013, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland....
  • Dr. Andre to give podium presentation entitled "The Human Factors Top 10 List: Answers to the 10 Most Important Human Factors Questions for Obtaining FDA Approval for your Drug Delivery Device" at the 2012 PDA Universe of Pre-Filled Syringes and Injection Devices Conference, October 15-17, Las Vegas, NV....
  • Dr. Andre presents invited talk on incorporating human factors inputs into early device design and selection activities and moderates FDA human factors panel at the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care...
  • Dr. Andre presents opening plenary address at the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. The symposium was created, organized and chaired by Dr. Andre, in coordination with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of which he is the Immediate Past President. The symposium, held March 12-14 in Baltimore, was attended by 450 human factors professionals, health care industry representatives, health care provides and regulatory personnel...
  • IAA/Usernomics has moved our offices and research facility a short distance to the prestigious city of Saratoga, CA. We have built a new custom usability testing facility and welcome the change of venue after 19 years in Cupertino, CA. Click here for pictures of Dr. Andre during the construction of our new lab!...
  • IAA conducts comprehensive AED/CPR study in France. Read the recent whitepaper to find out which AEDs passed and which failed!...
  • Dr. Anthony Andre to Chair the HFES 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care (June 2011)...
  • Dr. Andre gives webinar presentation on "What Makes a Pre-Filled Syringe Usable and Ergonomic? Critical Human Factors Design Attributes and Interacting Factors, sponsored by the Parental Drug Association (PDA), July 14, 2011...
  • IAA leads Human Factors program that results in EU and FDA approval for the new Asante "Pearl" Insulin Pump. Details are found at: http://www.asantesolutions.com (June 2011)...
  • IAA wins contract with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), the world's largest professional services firm (May 2011)...
  • Dr. Andre presents "Put Down that Workstation! How Software Usability and Expertise IS Office Ergonomics" as an Invited Speaker of the Bay Area Ergonomics Roundtable, held at the "We've Got your Back!" store in Los Gatos, CA May 18, 2011...
  • IAA conducted human factors/ergonomics analyses toward optimizing the design and user experience of the Peregrine Wearable Computer Interface ...
  • IAA helped incorporate ergonomics properties into the new Meglio handle/holder for the iPad. The design serves several common use cases and provides a flexible number of ways to hold, manipulate or stand the device...
  • Dr. Andre is quoted in recent blog discussing the user experience challenges associated with the recent trend of more complex applications used on mobile devices...
  • Dr. Andre featured on Dan Mulhern's radio show, "Everyday Leadership", discussing ergonomics in the workplace. (December 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre starts term as President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Sept 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre serves as the Host Chair for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco (Sept 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre organized and chaired a recent discussion panel titled "Blasphemy or Pragmatics? When NOT to Follow User-Centered Design Techniques" (Sept 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre speaks on medical device human factors at the "Universe of pre-filled syringes and injection devices" conference in Las Vegas (October 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre gives invited presentation "How software usability, expertise and workload impact ergonomics" to the UC Berkeley Ergonomics Summer Institute Course (July 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre gives invited presentation "To Err is Human, To Foresee is Human Factors: Improving Patient Safety Through Usability Engineering" to the Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference (March 2010)...
  • Dr. Andre is elected next President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society HFES (August 2009)...
  • IAA wins the prestigious 2009 User Centered Design Award from the HFES Product Design Technical Group for their design of the Cardiac Science AED PowerHeart G3 Plus (August 2009)...
  • Dr. Andre is recipient of the San Jose State University, 2009 Davidson College of Engineering Oustanding Lecturer Award (2009)...

Human Factors & Ergonomics SocietyHuman Factors & Ergonomics Society
Usability Professionals AssociationUsability Professionals Association
BayCHIBayCHI
AAMIAssociation for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
BCPEBoard of Certification in Professional Ergonomics

How We Can Assist You With Medical Device Design...

Usernomics / Interface Analysis provides guidance throughout the medical device development process, to include design, evaluation, usability testing, instructional design, FDA approval and regulatory issues.

Medical Device Design

Consultant for Human Factors, Human Engineering, User Centered Design, Engineering Psychology. Our Role

Dr. Andre and his staff have designed, evaluated and usability tested numerous medical device and drug delivery products over the past 18 years, to include syringes, autoinjectors, insulin pumps, glucose meters, drug reconstitution kits, Automated External Defibrillators (AED), patient record applications and more. We have performed research and testing for a variety of patient populations and health care provider populations.

Usernomics / IAA can help your team develop a user experience that is safe, comfortable, easy to learn, simple to use and satisfying. We address both cognitive-usability and physical ergonomics issues to help ensure that your device has beneficial usability and ergonomics properties from the start. Identifying potential HF/E issues early in the development process is key to designing a successful product.

Usernomics / IAA is well versed in the FDA's Human Factors process, having conducted many sutdies for a range of medical products and drug delivery systems. Our testing process satisfies the FDA's requirements, from study design to execution to reporting. We have developed a unique approach that couches the study findings in the context of known use-based risks and observed errors.

Usability Testing Lab

IAA owns and operates a high-technology laboratory with a configurable participant test environment, separated by one-way mirror from an adjacent control room, along with two observation areas for use by analysts and/or clients. State-of-the-art video and audio recording capabilities are employed, along with scan conversion for recording 'on-screen' inputs.

Project Assistance

Please contact us if you would like further information or wish to discuss our consulting services.

IAA Medical Human Factors Resources

Selected Medical Device Usability Studies

Selected IAA Medical Device/Healthcare Clients

Abbott Diabetes Care Abbott Labs Abbott Vascular
Align Technology AP Pharma Applied Bio
BiogenIdec Cardiac Science Cardionet
CAPS CU Medical DEKA
Genentech Hospira Tandem Medical
Philips Medical SSI Thoratec
Philips Medical Sanofi-Aventis MedQuest
WorldHeart Mannkind Genomic
Unilife Commwell Calibra
Verifone Verifone BD
SSI GSK Philips


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