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The Future of Graphical User Interfaces in Healthcare: Trends and Innovations

The Future of Graphical User Interfaces in Healthcare: Trends and Innovations

What connects advanced healthcare technology with the professionals who operate it? The answer lies in the graphical user interface (GUI) – a crucial component that bridges human expertise with machine efficiency. 

In the healthcare sector, where precision and reliability are non-negotiable, the design and functionality of the GUI can significantly impact the effectiveness of patient care. Whether you're a healthcare IT specialist or a medical device manufacturer, understanding the latest trends and innovations in healthcare GUI is essential. 

In this article, we'll delve into how these trends are shaping the future of healthcare technology and how Tapecon's expertise in GUI design is enhancing the interface between healthcare professionals and their tools.

UI Trends in Healthcare

In the high-stakes realm of healthcare, where every second and every detail counts, medical professionals face the daunting challenge of cognitive overload. The American Medical Association highlights: a staggering 87% of medical errors stem from cognitive overload. To combat this, innovative UI trends in healthcare are emerging as game-changers, significantly easing the burden on healthcare workers.

Touchless Interfaces

Touchless gesture control and voice commands are gaining significant traction in healthcare GUI systems. Swapping touchscreens for touchless inputs allows clinicians to access information and control devices without directly contacting surfaces — minimizing infection transmission and enabling users to interact even when their hands are occupied.

Advances in natural language processing (NLP) and AI have added an additional component to medical device UI design, enabling health UX innovations that simplify communication and use for end users. For instance, touchless inputs integrated with the GUI of a surgical imaging system allow surgeons to zoom, pan, or capture images through in-air hand motions and voice controls. This enhances control and efficiency during procedures without compromising sterility.

Membrane Switches

Where touchless control may not be practical, membrane switches, made up of multiple layers, including a graphic overlay and printed circuits, allow for a cleaner surface than mechanical switches with buttons. They can also be designed with anti-microbial film to aid in infection control.

Data Visualization

A robust data visualization engine provides a graphical way to show medical data in devices, apps, and equipment. With well-designed graphics, charts, icons, and dashboards, users can review and interpret data more easily compared to traditional numerical displays. For example, patients tracking blood pressure over time can see patterns that otherwise might be overlooked. Clinicians can monitor data to look for correlations that impact conditions.

For example, integrating an ICU monitoring system with dynamic data visualizations can translate streams of sensor readings into a single display, making it easier for providers to spot deviations and set alarms when intervention is required. Clear iconography shows the status of individual parameters at a glance to look for changes in conditions.

Wearable Devices

Advances in material science and production techniques, such as flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), have driven innovation in wearable devices. FHE circuits use printed electronics with traditional components to maximize power and performance. This hybrid approach is accelerating innovation for continuous health monitors, such as heart rate monitors, sleep trackers, or glucose sensors.

Combined with remote device readers and apps built with strong GUI design principles and easy-to-read data visualizations, wearables have become another essential tool for diagnosing, treating, and monitoring patients.

User Feedback and UX Research

User feedback and UX research in shaping future GUI developments. Regular lab and field testing allows user groups to evaluate prototypes, production models, and releases to uncover potential bottlenecks or inefficiencies. These insights can lead to future iterations that improve the user experience.

Pioneering the Future of Healthcare Interfaces with Tapecon

As the landscape of healthcare technology evolves, the role of graphical user interfaces becomes increasingly important. Tapecon stands at the forefront of this evolution, championing the integration of human-centered design principles into GUI development. Our mission is to enhance the safety, efficiency, and user-friendliness of medical devices through state-of-the-art GUI designs, offering a partnership that brings your product vision to life with precision and care.

With a focus on advanced printing solutions, we ensure that your healthcare products not only adhere to, but exceed the rigorous demands of regulatory compliance. We also have the capacity and expertise to create graphic overlays of all shapes and sizes, providing a range of options from time-tested designs, to bespoke, feature-rich interfaces tailored to your needs.


With over 100 years of manufacturing experience, Tapecon works with product teams to solve challenges, create products, and enhance lives. Revolutionize your healthcare equipment with cutting-edge GUI solutions. Reach out to us today to explore how we can elevate your products and keep you at the forefront of healthcare technology advancements.


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