GE Healthcare User Interface
Early in GE Healthcare's user interface consistency efforts, the GRD team helped GE design a consistent user interface framework for several imaging products. Through observational research at hospitals and radiology departments around the world, the GE and GRD teams developed a structure that guides users through complex diagnostic imaging procedures, improving productivity by making it easier for technologists to transfer from one system to the next. The resulting design was elegant, usable, and human, placing the emphasis on patient care and attention.
The product interface was awarded the Gold Medal in the Industrial Design Society of America's (IDSA) IDEA 2000 Showcase: Digital Media & Interfaces. Here's an excerpt:
For software used in the post-processing of CT, MR and x-ray images for diagnosis or surgery, Volume Analysis has significantly increased ease of use and productivity by improving workflow and aesthetics. With other products, users faced inconsistency and a sharp learning curve, but here they laud the flexibility and simplicity. Models that took 10 steps now require three, and predefined steps ensure faster, more accurate diagnosis.