StealthStation S7 for Medtronic
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Innovative look and feel for surgical navigation system
Medtronic Navigation and IDEO enjoy an ongoing partnership designing human-centered medical products for patients, hospitals, and surgeons alike. Following a successful project developing surgical navigation software, Medtronic Navigation and IDEO collaborated on a platform strategy for the medical company’s line of surgical navigation solutions. The strategy led to the industrial design of Medtronic Navigation’s flagship StealthStation System.
Well equipped with insights from the previous project, IDEO set out to couple hardware with the established software, keeping usability and simplicity at the forefront of the brief. IDEO examined existing hardware expressions and how they could be redesigned to suit a range of stakeholders with varying levels of engagement and expertise. Working with Medtronic Navigation, the team also looked at ways to integrate product and service to allow for a flexible sales and service model to address each surgeon’s unique needs.
The team focused on the needs of all relevant OR stakeholders—technicians, nurses, and surgeons—to identify and design hardware features as defined by such key attributes as action, efficiency, and delight. Comprising two nesting parts—a surgeon monitor and a cart with staff monitor, hidden core electronics, and localizing equipment to guide surgeons—the StealthStation is a powerful addition to a surgeon’s practice. The team’s careful consideration of materials and shape reduces visual bulk, while colors speak to the traditional medical palette, with subtle updates to reflect the Medtronic brand. Visual cues are intuitive and identifiable for all users, during all stages of use.
According to Jim Cloar, GM, Medtronic Navigation,“The StealthStation S7 system is the next generation of navigation, providing both flexibility and simplicity to enable more efficient workflow for the surgeon and staff.”
Project date: 2008