Consumers are increasingly being expected to have a greater role in "healing thyself." Shorter hospital stays, fewer instances of clinician-administered medication, and more do-it-yourself cases of in-home care drive the need for innovative home-healthcare devices. The implications are many – not only for sis, dad and grandma – but also for healthcare brand owners, pharmaceutical packaging producers, medical device designers and related materials suppliers.
For starters, such devices need to be on-trend, consumer-friendly, easy to use, and durable. Safety concerns, of course, are paramount. Some drugs previously delivered only by trained professionals in monitored, medical facilities now are being self-administered by non-medical personnel in home settings. It's important to maintain safe medical-delivery practices, and product designers use their expertise to help address these concerns.