Join HSD at the Design for Manufacturing Summit October 6th in NYC

September 1st, 2016

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Join HSD and other at the October 6th DMS in NYC. The summit brings together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem. Tor Alden will be on the capstone product development panel discussing the challenges faced by high technology startups entering the medical and healthcare space. We look forward in networking with you! Doors open at 3pm and registration is located here.

HS Design, Inc. Expands its Expertise in Usability and Human Factors Engineering

August 22nd, 2016


HS Design, Inc. (HSD), a leading full-service design and product development firm specializing in medical, healthcare, and life sciences, is excited to announce its formal partnership with Dr. Mary Beth Privitera. This new partnership will expand HSD’s current research, usability and human factors capabilities that will allow the team to be a global leader in use and usability.

Mary Beth Privitera, PhD, FIDSA brings broad, extensive, hands-on experience in medical device design and a unique approach to collaborative teamwork. As Co-Chair of the AAMI Human Engineering committee, she is widely recognized as an expert in human factors and is positioned at the forefront of FDA guidance. In 2015, she published Contextual Inquiry for Medical Device Design, which focuses on the value of early and thorough immersion into all aspects of the problem the medical device seeks to solve. As a leading faculty member in the University of Cincinnati Biomedical Engineering program, she has led the strategic design of innovative devices for endovascular procedures, various types of surgery including vascular, urology, cranio-facial and plastic surgery, emergency medicine and diabetic care. Mary Beth’s industry practice and academia experience recognizes and is based on the integrative value of teamwork and collaboration with healthcare professionals, which produces superior results. “Working with Mary Beth in the field has given me an appreciation of her vast knowledge base in research. Her unique approach to collaboration allows her to explore, remove and overcome barriers and biases and allows for innovative ideas to emerge. This talent makes her an indispensible member of the HSD team”, said Olivia Ford, Lead researcher at HSD.

Tor Alden, Principal of HSD further commented, “We are extremely excited about Dr. Privitera joining the HSD family. We have indirectly partnered and collaborated with Mary Beth for many years and it is an easy decision now to create a formal relationship. Her expertise in user research, combined with HSD’s existing usability knowledge, presents an enormous opportunity for our current and future clients. This partnership allows us to strengthen and broaden our base of contextual research, human factors engineering, formative and summative studies which ultimately benefits our clients and strategic partners. HSD now stands as one of a handful of ISO 13485 certified product development firms with this much knowledge in current usability standards under one roof.”

Art and Engineering

July 30th, 2016


HSD is proud to have worked with the Canfield team in developing the next generation Visia!  Amazing group with talented software, marketing, engineering with the drive and focus for design excellence.  The VISIA is a multi-point positioning system and live image overlay that makes it easy to capture perfectly registered images to document progress over time. The rotating capture module easily captures left, right and frontal facial views.

Ambio Health featured in study to evaluate whether patients can help monitor themselves for Heart failure

June 3rd, 2016

ambio healthGreat article about our Heart Failure study with LifeBridge Health/Sinai Hospital and the American Heart Association.  Check out the article in the Baltimore Sun about how the Ambio Health system is empowering patients to monitor themselves. They report zero hospital readmissions after 90 days. Normally about 1/3 of patients would be readmitted within 90 days. HSD is proud to have been part of design and development for this patient centric product.

Janet Bettger, a health services researcher at the Duke Clinical Research Institute who helped craft Sinai’s program, said “A lot of self-management is related to behavior change. It needs to become routine and stick. In so many cases the patients don’t get to that point. We need to be involved and track them and empower them.”

Making product personal to a patients needs is the future of healthcare management.

VISIA Complexion Analysis System Gen7 wins Core77 2016 Design award!

June 1st, 2016

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HSD is excited and proud to announce the Canfield Visia System Gen7 was selected as a Notable Award winner in the 2016 Core77 Design Awards. Special thanks to Canfield and the highly collaborative effort in reaching a beautiful solution to a highly complex problem. VISIA Gen7 is the next generation of complexion analyzing technology from Canfield Scientific. Canfield’s precision subject imaging system, clinical quality lighting and MatchPose live image overlay continue to change the way skin care professionals work with their patients. The new VISIA Gen7 system captures perfectly registered images of left, right and frontal facial views, and automatically analyzes the images for surface and subsurface skin conditions. The high-quality images captured by the VISIA Gen7 help dermatologists and aestheticians document treatment progress and communicate results and recommendations with patients.

To learn more about this system and what HSD can do for you, please drop us a line or visit us at MDM East at Booth #1468

Vectra WB360 – 3D Whole Body Imaging System

March 22nd, 2016

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HSD is excited to have been a participant in the development of the Vectra Whole Body 360, the world’s first 3D whole body imaging solution designed specifically for dermatology. This fully integrated system includes imaging of nearly the entire skin surface in macro quality resolution in a single capture. Currently used at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Princess Alexandra Hospitals, the Vectra WB360 allows clinicians to map, measure, and track pigmented lesions, and record and monitor distributed diseases of the skin. Truly an amazing feat of engineering and design!

HSD To Be Exhibiting at BIOMEDevice Event

February 18th, 2016


Please visit HSD at BIOMEDevice, New England’s premier Design & Manufacturing event.

Booth 315

April 13-14 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Click here for free registration.


Mesa Labs introduces the new DryCal 800 base enhancement for Process Control Applications

February 3rd, 2016


HSD is proud to have assisted Mesa in the development of the new DryCal 800 base. Ergonomics, Flexibility with existing equipment and precision where the goals. The DryCal 800 Series combines our Proven DryCal Technology with interchangeable flow cells to offer a broad flow range that fits the needs of users seeking high-precision primary flow standards for lab & industrial process control applications.

How to write a good PRD

December 11th, 2015


HSD recently shared an article posted on MDDI discussing the “Chicken and Egg” Problem in developing product requirement documents for fist of kind products. The article goes into detail on the importance of understanding the value proposition of new products by utilizing the lean start up methodology and the FDA waterfall.

Going for the Ironman!

October 15th, 2015


Best of luck to Mike Quinn, our Director of Mechanical Engineering who is going for the Ironman this Saturday!

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