Two experts at Western University of Health Sciences’ Center for
Disability Issues and the Health Professions were recent contributors to
a new book that addresses two of the most important yet often overlooked
aspects of medical devices, usability and accessibility.
The center’s Founding Director Brenda Premo, MBA, a champion for
disability rights, and June Isaacson Kailes, Associate Director of CDIHP
and disability policy consultant, lent their expertise to Medical
Instrumentation Accessibility and Usability Considerations by Jack M.
Winters of Marquette University and Molly Follette Story of Human
Spectrum Design, LLC, Santa Rosa.
The two joined other experts from a wide array of disciplines in helping
the authors trace a clear roadmap for improving accessibility and
usability for people with disabilities as patients and practitioners and
providing the tools necessary to follow it. CRC Press published the book
with the support of a grant received by Marquette University from the
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. It’s
available on Amazon.com and elsewhere.
“”I am delighted that two leading representatives of our Center for
Disability Issues and the Health Professions have had another opportunity
to present their wisdom and expertise on this important subject,”” said
Dr. Philip Pumerantz, the university’s founding president.
The text incorporated information from several projects undertaken by the
center, including The Patient’s Perspective on Access to Medical
Equipment by Isaacson Kailes, Results of a National Survey on
Accessibility of Medical Instrumentation for Consumers and Toward a New
Health Care Policy: Accessible Medical Equipment and Instrumentation by
Premo and Isaacson Kailes.
Divided into five broad sections, the book identifies access barriers,
human factors, and policy issues focused on the existing infrastructure.
Subsequent sections examine responses to the problem, beginning with
tools for usability and accessibility analysis and principles of design
for medical instrumentation, make recommendations for design guidelines,
and explore emerging trends and future technologies for improving device
usability. The final section outlines key challenges, knowledge gaps,
and recommendations from accomplished experts.
WesternU established the Center in 1998 with Premo at the helm after
serving four years as director of the California State Department of
Rehabilitation during Governor Pete Wilson’s administration. She was
deputy director of the department’s Independent Living Section from 1991
until Governor Wilson appointed her director in 1994.
While associated with the center, Isaacson Kailes has also written two
emergency preparedness guides for people with disabilities and other
activity limitations and is a frequent lecturer.