DRIVE 2021 - Health

Just like last year, the Design Research & Innovation Festival took place in De Effenaar, during the Dutch Design Week. And just like last year, we - together with Design United turned it into a hybrid and interactive event that you could join from home. Five different themes in five days. Health is on Wednesday 20 October, from 10.30 - 11.30. Where we want to further explore which methods ensure that healthcare providers and patients are more involved in the healthcare system of the future, and what this could look like.

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rewatch: session Health

00:18 Intro host Marieke Eyskoot
02:07 Maarten Houben (TU Eindhoven)
15:51 Jetske van Oosten (Embassy of Health)
33:21 Ingeborg Griffioen & Jasper Brands (Panton)
45:22 Dirk Snelders (TU Delft)

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The speakers for this theme:


Maarten Houben: ‘Everyday Sounds of Dementia’
This project contributes to the positive well-being and quality of life of people living with dementia, and their caregivers, by supporting day-to-day functioning in their homes, and during times of transition to higher levels of care. It uses design-research and participatory approaches to develop interactive soundscapes (collages of everyday ambient sounds) to calm, reduce agitation, stimulate, excite and engage people living with dementia in times of anxiety, stress or boredom, and promote meaningful activity in high-risk situations. The project will support social engagement and communication through the design process and through engagement with the soundscapes.

Jetske van Oosten (Embassy of Health)
Good health depends on many factors. Our health is not only determined by the quality of medical care and technological developments but also by our lifestyle, the quality of our social contacts and our living and working environment. Moreover, all these factors are interrelated, which makes the improvement of health in the community quite complex.

This complexity can be overwhelming and give you the feeling that you can make little difference on your own. And yet, we all need to contribute. Whether you are a farmer who decides to go organic, a hairdresser offering the neighbourhood a place to meet or a philosopher who rethinks the system of (mental) health care, everyone can and should contribute to a healthier society.

In order to realize the changes that we need to stay healthy, we have to join forces. This is what the exhibition Chronic Health – vital changes for a caring society – in the Embassy of Health is all about. This exhibition shows that the transition to ‘chronic health’ is a matter of new coalitions working together. And that designers can be the catalyst for this. The exhibition shows some inspiring examples of such unexpected collaborations and their results.
Creators of a healthy society are: healthcare professionals, patients, residents, students, researchers, housing corporations, farmers, tech companies, local artisans, artists and designers.

Ingeborg Griffioen and Jasper Brands: ‘Metromapping’
Having a say in your treatment, if you want to, is important if you are a patient. In practice, this often turns out to be quite difficult. For patients and for their significant others and care providers. Sometimes patients and their significant others feel disempowered as the disease progresses. Some find it difficult that they have to deal with so many healthcare providers in their care path. There is a lot of complex information that needs to be obtained and understood quickly. Healthcare professionals find it difficult to find out how to best engage patients in the decisions, taking in consideration all of these different patients. With Metro Mapping, we aim to make it less complex together.

Metro Mapping is a service design method developed to support shared decision-making in oncology. It literally maps the complexity of a medical care path and shows how shared decision-making is influenced by the interplay of an overview of the care path and its decision-making moments, and a better overview and understanding of the care path (including the unpredictability), the information provision, a clear role- and tasks division and collaboration between the parties involved, and the environment in which the care takes place. The map is the starting point for improving the care path together and ultimately for creating and mapping out a route that best suits each patient.

Dirk Snelders: Cardiolab
CardioLab is a collaboration between Philips Design and the TU Delft. Collaboratively they explore how smart technologies can reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases. Designers in the lab will develop product service systems that generate data, to be used for early detection of cardiac diseases and more effective treatments, aiming to provide cardiac patients with a longer and healthier life. At the same time, CardioLab is interested in how designers create these smart product-service systems. Reflections on their approaches will lead to new design methodologies for (industrial) designers.

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