An affordable insulin pump for type-1 diabetic patients: A case study of user-in-the-loop approach to engineering design

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Karia, Deval; Nambiar, Rohit S; Arora, Manish
Series: ICED
Institution: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Section: Design for healthcare
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ISSN: 2220-4342


Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion using an insulin pump has been documented to have significant clinical benefits as a treatment plan for type 1 diabetes mellitus patients. However, despite this, adoption in resource constrained settings like India is severely limited. This is often attributed to the costs associated with the device.

The usage of such a device is closely associated with a patient?s lifestyle and its design demands a more user-centric approach to engineering design. The stakeholder involvement is needed for validation and guiding the product development direction. In this paper, we've outlined a user-in-the-loop approach to engineering design using the design of an insulin pump as a case study.

Keywords: Biomedical design, User centred design, Design process, User-in-the-loop, Insulin pump


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