Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2011
A medical device using patented near-infrared imaging and LED projection to view subcutaneous veins on any part of the body is a classic example of how industrial design has skillfully combined form and function.
VeinViewer® Vision, developed by Christie Medical Holdings in partnership with Integrated Design, provides clinicians with a non-invasive technology and revolutionizes patient care while embodying the best attributes of industrial design, according to Michael Paloian, President of Integrated Design Systems based in Great Neck, NY.
“Every detail was designed with intent of balancing form, proportion and color with functional importance,” Paloian explains. “Integrating engineering and artistic expertise with highly skilled talent helped us achieve the harmonious balance presented in this innovative product,” he says.
Integrated Design improved on VeinViewer’s functionality and ease of operation for Christie Medical Holdings, Inc. By incorporating new advancements in optical and processing technology, the size of the device was reduced to 60% of the weight of the previous generation product. The new version includes a smaller and more mobile cart base and battery power to improve user flexibility. The digital image of a patient’s veins is projected directly on to the surface of the skin, providing improved clinical treatments and procedures involving IV insertions and routine venipuncture.
“Good design artfully applies materials and technologies with a keen understanding of all the factors affecting a product’s purpose,” Paloian explains. “In the case of the VeinViewer device, Integrated Design, examined user preferences, patient needs, environmental conditions, market requirements and hundreds of other parameters which had a profound effect on the product design.” Furthermore, he says, the team was responsible for determining ergonomic criteria, developing concepts for the design configuration, engineering the mechanical design and providing production liaison.
Integrated Design has received acclaim for its design and development of VeinViewer Vision with a Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) and recognition from the Industrial Designers Society of America. Paloian credits the success of this project and his firm’s other award-winning designs to the team’s multi-disciplinary approach. “Our team maintains a collaborative stance and collective strength in all aspects of industrial design, including creative, materials science, mechanics and manufacturing,” Paloian says.
This approach provides Integrated Design, with a distinct advantage over firms with specialist designers who must work within the confines of a more structured creative and design process. “The integrated design approach permits Integrated Design designers to solve complex problems faster and more creatively than larger firms,” according to Paloian. “We are able to develop an optimal product design quickly, one that meets customer specifications, compressed development schedules and stringent manufacturing requirements.”
“Integrated Design provides design solutions that have been strategically developed with an optimized balance of investment, production costs, aesthetics, functionality and safety,” he says.