Episode 3

Published on:

31st Aug 2023

Quantitative v. Qualitative (ft. Bert Boquet)

In our third episode of Safe and Effective, we talk to Bert Boquet about the intricacies of the ever-present data debate of qualitative vs. quantitative in the sphere of medical human factors summative (validation) studies. In our discussion we shed light on the complexities of choosing the right data type and formulating an effective experiment design for validation studies, whilst also discussing the nuances of such between medical devices and combination products. Together, we tackle the myriad of challenges human factors researchers confront regarding not just formulating an effective experiment design, but also identifying a potential unified approach for validation data collection between medical device and combination product approaches to ensure cohesive measures and robust data sets for both.

Additionally, we provide a sneak preview of our next episode in which we address the integration of a collaborative approach between clinical and human factors teams, and it's necessity due to the evolution of the MDR and its "new" usability requirements within. 

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Safe and Effective
The Medical Human Factors Podcast
If you're interested in staying informed about the latest developments in medical human factors and user experience, then Safe and Effective is the podcast for you. We bring you lessons learned, case studies, and regulatory updates, through our conversations with experts from industry, academia, and government to share their insights and experiences with you. Join us as we explore the world of human factors and its impact on the medical field. Whether you're an industry expert or a novice looking to learn more, Safe and Effective, The Medical Human Factors Podcast is for you.

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Heidi M

Heidi is the founder and CEO of the medical human factors and usability consultancy HFUX Research, LLC, which specializes in medical device, technology, and combination product research, design, testing, and development. She has a wide-ranging background as a trained pilot, emergency medical technician, software analyst and human factors and usability expert within the (medical) product development industry. Her motivation for the past 20 years has been directed toward enhancing human-product performance by optimizing user interface design, information architecture and user and product workflow, through the application of human factors science and usability practices. She is an active mentor in the HF/UX community and HFES society. She holds patents in GUI design for medical imaging and surgical navigation software systems, a BS in Aeronautics, and a MS in Human Factors and Systems, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as technical degrees in IT Mgmt. and Emergency Medical Services, from Sacred Heart University and Daytona State College.