Learn 9 Steps to Medical Device Innovation
  1: Clinical Immersion 2: Problem Definition 3: Concept & Feasibility
Engineers visit hospitals (with prior consent) to observe the clinicians treating patients, and identify areas of potential improvements

1. Meet clinicians to understand the background and nature of medical problem.

2. Study relevant anatomy, medical terms and current solutions.

3. Collect information about equivalent solutions, devices and patents.

4. Record diagnosis and treatment protocols, observe surgeries.

5. Capture the 'voice of customer' - patient, surgeons and other caretakers.

Identifying and articulating the right problem to solve - preferably an unmet clinical need -is the most critical step in MDI.

1. State the problem clearly; avoid general or vague statements.

2.The statement must not point to specific solutions (that prevent creativity).

3. List the functional requirements so as to enable comparing alternative solutions.

4. List any other constraints in terms of size, weight, operating environment, cost, etc.

5. Mention target improvements over existing solutions, if any.

Generate multiple ideas first, evaluate them later. Overcome any mental blocks using diverging-converging approach.

1. Create new ideas with ease, using techniques like Bionics and TRIZ.

2. Select the best concept by comparing against functional requirements.

3. Sketch, 3D model, visualize and animate the concept for a preliminary check.

4. Fabricate a rapid prototype to check its form, function and feasibility.

5. This is a good stage to file a patent (you will have a full year to modify).