Return to section

Innovation on a time limit

Responsiveness, along with the right capability and experience, is a key factor that medical device companies seek from their product development partners - no matter how lengthy are the regulatory routes.
In the case of Spacelabs Healthcare, a pioneer in the cardiac diagnostics sector, responsiveness was especially needed. They set a goal to develop a state-of-the art, lightweight and easy-to-use ECG recorder within 6 months in order to launch at the American Heart Association exhibition.
PDD accepted the challenge to design the casing and user interface for the ambulatory recorder based on Spacelab's core Holter technology. A docking station and holster were also commissioned to be developed within the timeframe. The ambulatory recorder needed to have a contemporary look and small enough to be discreet underneath clothing, which would improve compliance.
By working closely with our client and with constant communication between our engineers, designers, model-makers and external partners in Singapore, our concurrent development approach minimised risk whilst ensuring that solutions were commercially desirable for the end-user. Through rapid succession of concept & detailed engineering analysis, PDD produced and delivered prototypes for verification testing and usability validation while simultaneously starting tool design for injection mouldings.
PDD's risk-managed, responsive and quality-focus approach enabled Spacelabs Healthcare to launch the evo ECG monitor successfully and quickly into the rapidly-developing telemedecine market.

Learn more about our expertise and work in Medical and Healthcare.

Download the case study

News & Insights


PDD completes its transition to the 2016 version of ISO13485 for Medical Devices.

PDD has completed its planned transition to the latest version of this rigorous international quality assurance standard for medical devices, building on the success of earlier transitions and successful audits to the FDA 21CFR Part 820 in 2015.


The Role of Human-Centred Design in Healthcare Reform and Transformation

All too often our health care is taken for granted, and we assume it will always be available to serve our community’s needs. The question is “How Healthy are our Healthcare Facilities to handle the diversity of services and to produce healthy outcomes for an expansive and unprecedented market of six (6) living generations – All distinctively different with a diverse set of needs and priorities?” According to Pew Research Centre in 2015, 75.3 million Millennials (18-34) surpassed the number of 74.9 million Baby Boomers (51-69), and Gen X (35-50) is projected to outnumber the Boomers by 2028.