Medical device user interfaces are increasingly complex, resulting in a need for evaluation in clinicallyaccurate settings. Simulation of these interfaces can allow for evaluation, training, and use for research without the risk of harming patients and with a significant cost reduction over using the actual medical devices. This pilot project was phase 1 of a study to define and evaluate a methodology for development of simulated medical device interface technology to be used for education, device development, and research. Digital video and audio recordings of interface interactions were analyzed to develop a model of a smart intravenous medication infusion pump user interface. This model was used to program a high-fidelity simulated smart intravenous medication infusion pump user interface on an inexpensive netbook platform.
Author Affiliations: Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems (Dr Elias) and School of Nursing, Department of Adult Health (Dr Moss), University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Enabling Technologies Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Dr Shih and Mr Dillavou).
The authors gratefully acknowledge receiving intramural funding in the form of a dean’s Scholar Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing for this study.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
Corresponding author: Beth L. Elias, PhD, MS, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems. University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1702 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).