Elise Edson

Senior User Experience and Human Factors Engineer

  • Relevant Experience: 17 years

  • Education:
    Bachelor of Arts, Spanish - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    Masters of Science, Computer Science - Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Over 15 years (since 2003) medical device product development experience in the following areas

  • CLIA-waived bench top hematology analyzer – lead Human Factors Engineer; full workflow & GUI design, prototyping and usability testing.

  • At-home remote monitoring system for pacemaker patients – usability testing; GUI refinements; instructions for use.

  • Pacemaker and defibrillator programmer system – usability testing; GUI refinements.

  • Remote continuous patient monitoring software solution – contextual inquiry; user requirements definition; usability testing; GUI refinements; HF validation.

  • Cerebral and somatic oximetry monitoring system – contextual inquiry; user interviews; user requirements definition; usability testing; HF validation

  • Brain monitoring system to measure depth of consciousness – GUI refinements; HF validation

What do you like about working at Tensentric?

My passion is crafting intuitive device-user interfaces that help caregivers spend more time with their patients and less time struggling with technology.

The negative impact on caregivers and patients of poorly designed medical device-user interfaces became widely publicized in 1999 when the Institute of Medicine published “To Err is Human”. This report, which estimated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year from medical mistakes, brought awareness at all levels to the problems that result from poorly designed device-user interfaces.

The device-user interface is critical because is links the human with the machine; and if poorly designed, wrong actions could result that leads to wrong inputs and wrong outputs; correct outputs, poorly designed, can be misinterpreted by the human. How effective or ineffective this link between the user and the machine directly correlates to how safe and effective the product is during actual use.

Human factors engineering provides the knowledge and methodology to reliably create well-designed devices. So my job as a Human Factors Engineer is then about designing systems to fit human capabilities and ensuring device-user interactions intuitive and easy. I love my job!

What unique set of skills do you bring to Tensentric?

GUI design and prototyping, usability testing, heuristic evaluation, FDA and IEC regulations, HF validation, moderation, facilitation

What hobbies or non-work activities are you passionate about?

I feel grateful to live in Colorado, where I enjoy being outside all year long with my dog, Mr. O.