Inspire Medical Systems
Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) Programmer

Independent consultant working remotely with the project manager and developer. Responsible for both the interaction and visual design direction for the user interface.

Improving the usability of tool for setup and monitoring of a new clinical therapy.

The focus of the project has been to provide user interface design and direction to the team developing a implantable therapeutic device, used for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The work has focused on two releases of the physician programmer—a dedicated tablet PC—which is used to monitor the therapy and make adjustments to the implanted device. Being a new therapy, the physician is required to learn new concepts and controls in order to safely care for the patient. The primary design focus is to make the software easier to use and support the development team, within a limited budget.

For the first release, an Expert UI Review was done of the existing application. Findings and recommendations were documented and presented to illustrate the current issues and potential fixes.

For the initial round of concept testing, direction and training was provided on how to plan and test a user interface. Collaborating with the client, a script and test plan was developed to evaluating the software with end users. Testing was done by the client team.

Based on the test findings and feedback from the first software release, the user interface is in the process of being refined and final documentation being developed for FDA approval and development.

Through a close collaboration with the project manager, the user interface design has been modified into a simpler user interface through clarifying terminology, simplifying user interface elements, and creating a consistent look and feel throughout the software. The Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is currently in clinical trials.