Steven Vargas

Thursday, October 25th, 7:00 – 9:30pm

The Role of Human Factors in
the Design of Medical Devices

In the Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach

Human Factors Engineering focuses on optimizing the usability of a variety of products while creating a compelling user experience. But in the design of medical devices, the principle goal must always be to ensure the safety of the patient. Steven Vargas, speaks on the challenge of bringing together the lessons of cutting-edge consumer product design while minimizing the risk of use-errors that could harm the patient.

Steven Vargas studied Psychology at Cal State, Northridge and went on to earn a graduate degree in Applied Psychology and Human Factors. He now works as a Human Factors Specialist and Design Engineer for Medtronics Diabetes in Northridge. He is a member of both the Human Factors Engineering and Home Healthcare committees of The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

Medtronics technologies help make it possible for millions of people to resume everyday activities, return to work, and live better, longer. They are able to do this with the help of some very special people around the world: 38,000 dedicated employees who share a passionate purpose to improve lives, thousands of medical professionals who share their insights and ideas, and hundreds of advocacy associations that help them share information so people with debilitating diseases know relief is possible

Medtronics has been serving the diabetes community for over 25 years. They have the #1 prescribed insulin pump with built-in CGM and are the first to have remote glucose monitoring capabilities. They focus on providing products that empower the patient to take control of their diabetes, while giving them flexibility and peace of mind.

Their system includes an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), therapy management software and now remote glucose monitoring. These solutions provide individuals with customized insulin delivery, added protection from lows and highs, day and night, and insights into their daily glucose patterns.