Precise, clear, and sustainable medical displays


May 17, 2024

In the rapidly evolving landscape of medical device design, the need for precision, reliability, and accuracy is paramount.

The environments in which these devices are used have changed significantly. Home care has become more common, and with it, the demand for technology that ensures simplicity and ease of use has increased. 

An aging population has led to a commitment from Manufacturers to design devices that patients can use confidently and effectively.

telemedicine medical devices

Optical Clarity for Fine Imaging Detail

To improve the readability and clarity of display systems, several advanced processes and solutions are available from optical bonding, which dramatically reduces internal reflections between the display and cover lens, to the use of optical films and filters including:

  • Anti-reflection
  • Anti-glare
  • Anti-fingerprint
  • UV and IR protection

These enhancements are vital for maintaining clear and protected displays in diverse medical environments.

Backlight enhancement for optimum clarity

Depending on the environment of your device, the brightness of the display can be optimised; from using high-powered, high-bright, or double brightness enhancement films to PWM dimming functionality for brightness control and the use of heatsinks for thermal management and prolonged life.

Wide-Angle Viewing for Versatile Use

Medical devices often need to be viewed from various angles, as multiple users may need to read the display or interact with the application simultaneously. IPS display technology, optical bonding, and backlight enhancement are all options to consider for ensuring all-around viewing in any scenario.

wide viewing angles for medical displays

Sustainable Zero Power Alternative Displays

In the push for sustainability, zero power alternative displays offer an innovative solution. These displays only use power when an image is changed, making them ideal for hospital bed signage or patient record information. This technology not only reduces energy consumption but also supports environmental goals within healthcare facilities.

medical patient record using zero power display

Single Wipe Clean Surface for Infection Control

In medical settings, the need for constant cleaning of equipment is vital to prevent the spread of infection. Displays must have a single wipe clean surface that is safe to use with chemical agents. 

This feature ensures that devices can be thoroughly sanitised without compromising their functionality or longevity.

Durable Coverlens Solutions

With more medical devices going into home settings, the need for durability and longevity has increased. Having a device that can withstand being dropped or damaged is imperative.

  • Chamfered glass gives smooth rounded edges, removes sharp angles, making the display less prone to chipping if dropped
  • Strengthened glass options for resistance to damage

Touch Buttons

In medical environments, the accuracy of touch screen interactions is crucial. Touch buttons retain the dynamic capabilities of a normal touch screen while providing a tactile dimension for certain functions. This design ensures that users can interact with the device confidently and accurately.

From touch buttons and spot facing to icons that can be hidden until lit and cut-outs for mechanical knobs or sensing devices, the coverlens of your medical device can be designed to fit your application needs perfectly. Download our guide to coverlens design here to find out more.

custom coverlens touch buttons

As the medical device industry continues to evolve, the focus on precision, clarity, durability, and sustainability becomes increasingly important. By incorporating advanced display technologies, secure data transmission, and innovative design features, OEMs can create devices that meet the demands of modern healthcare settings while ensuring the safety and confidence of users. 

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