Strategies And Processes Of Using MVP For Medical Devices

Strategies And Processes Of Using MVP For Medical Devices

minimum viable product (MVP) is the most basic version of a product that nonetheless provides enough genuine value to customers to obtain market traction. Moreover, every medical device started as an idea. It started from seeing the need to solve a problem and an effort to enhance good living. The development of medical devices is an enormous task that consumes time and money. It requires improved precision, extensive documentation, and multiple types of research, as well as creating a device that is compliant with healthcare regulations and laws. 

The whole process, from the idea to launching the product to its distribution, shows that the failure of a medical device is a loss of money, time, and energy. But medical devices do fail. Why? What could have gone wrong? 75% of most medical devices failed because their manufacturers did not invest in MVP.  The purpose of developing an MVP by businesses is to see how their new feature penetrates the market before releasing the product with its full features. Reducing complexity is the goal of an MVP and not compromising your quality. An MVP reduces the time and resources  manufacturers might devote to developing a product that will not succeed, enabling them to validate a concept for a product without producing it. As a manufacturer of medical devices, you need to know how to develop an MVP and when to launch it. Below are strategic processes to guide you: 

Aligning the MVP with your company's goals :

MVP for Medical Devices

The first step in creating your MVP is to confirm that the product will correspond with your team’s or your company’s strategic goals before deciding which features to construct. As a medical device manufacturer, you should have a distinct objective. Are you creating a medical device that could double your company’s profit margin in under five years? Or do you want to enter a new market with a similar device? 

Do you have the resources? These queries will tell you whether it is appropriate to begin creating a new MVP at this moment or some other time. Outline the functions the actual product will possess and the expected results. Are you trying to sell a novel feature that a competitor lack? Or are you just testing if your customers would love a particular color? 

Plot these objectives towards your current business goals and see if the MVP should be avoided, postponed, or reinvented. You might need to focus on your current products

Identifying how the features of MVP affect your user persona

After you are sure that the MVP suits your business goals, you have the resources to build it, and you already know what the actual product would look like, you need to consider the precise solutions MVP should provide your users. Are the features made to identify a new health trend or just improvements on what you have already? 

Medical device manufacturers should consider that the features of the MVP should be an offshoot of the actual device. It could be dicey knowing the limited features of the device to, but the factors below can guide you in that regard: 

  • Cost implications 
  • Time 
  • Market and User Research 
  • Competitors’ devices analysis

Producing the MVP

What is left after you have decided the limited functionality of your MVP is creating the MVP. Building an MVP is not a poor-quality product but a perfectly made version of your actual product with limited features. 

The MVP must be viable and highly functional to see how your user and the market are reacting to it. With these reactions, the medical device manufacturer gets insights on the next feature to include or remove until he has introduced a new medical device to his users. 

Your MVP development services must offer a top-notch user experience while enabling your consumers to complete a complete task or project. An MVP with a poor user experience or halfway tools is dead-on-arrival. It must be a functional product that your business can sell. 

The three processes listed above are pivotal whenever you are uncertain about a feature or product and how your users would react to it. They are not one-time events but rather part of an ongoing process. 


Using MVP as a medical device manufacturer will save you money, reduce the risk of producing a failed product, facilitates the input of more features into your products, and give you a quick entry into a market. MVPs are another input that Healthtech 5.0 has brought into mainstream healthcare and medicine.  Contact us to know more.  


Vikas Agarwal is the Founder of GrowExx, a Digital Product Development Company specializing in Product Engineering, Data Engineering, Business Intelligence, Web and Mobile Applications. His expertise lies in Technology Innovation, Product Management, Building & nurturing strong and self-managed high-performing Agile teams.

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