So what’s a good solution?

As a doctor working in an Emergency Department and seeing patients (sic: people) with largely preventable conditions/diseases alot of the time, I really like the idea of personalised medicine and involving patients and empowering them to take control of their healthcare. Brushing teeth is an excellent example that I wouldn’t have thought of before. However, I would echo some of the previous comments on the dangers/naivety of providing some of this info. Lab results are only relevant when married to the clinical information (i.e. the pateint’s history, symptoms, past history and examination findings). This information is far more important and lab tests should only then be done to confirm or rule out your findings from the clinical info. Therefore providing patient information printouts based on the lab results alone is foolish and dangerous.

Also the speaker makes a good point that fear does not work in health education/promotion. I think that giving a patient a printout saying that you have 15% (or whatever) chance of getting prostate cancer/breast cancer/arthritis/whatever is probably one of the most fear-inducing things you can do to a patient. Especially considering it is almost impossible to generate that kind of accurate prediction of any condition based on a blood test or even group of blood tests.

The speaker also says that they have used colour (as if to say “Duh why hasn’t this been done before”). The dept I work in has been told by hospital management to stop ordering more paper as the hospital acn’t afford it. We have had to totally rationalise the amt we are printing and handing out. I know this happens alot of places in the public health system. So we have barely enough paper to put in printers let alone colour printers and the cartridges to keep them running. he may be aiming his comments at the lab companies that make all that money but I feel his talk doesn’t take into account the practicalities that exist in an ED / other healthcare settings

John Cronin (Posted 3 years ago) on Thomas Goetz’s TEDMED talk titled: It’s time to redesign medical data.

I found this comment as a perfect example of the real challenge on Information Design in Healthcare still Today.

We have to think and design for real practice with its context, its users, its information quality. Colour sometimes is a luxury and ranges, percentages and reference values could mislead instead of giving support.


Healthcare start-ups

The path to the well planned and designed health services of the future goes through many professions from the medical to architecture to interior design to UI and UX expertise to app development, industrial design and landscaping.

We may live in an increasibly ‘virtual world’ of connected devices and experiences, yet there are still innovators, entrepreneurs and startups focused on building the bricks and mortar of tomorrow’s healthcare experiences.

Let’s be there…

…UX designers can do more. Learn about the problematic healthcare cultural characteristics that dominate and that need to change… Don’t limit yourself to incremental innovation and work that is narrowly focused on UIs.

Richard Anderson

It is, with no doubt, a designer commitment, to go beyond the line that limits the user interface, the software and contribute to transform the healthcare industry by improving processes, patient care, and services.

It’s even more crucial nowadays, when there’s an uncertain investment in healthcare from public sectors.


What do we mean when we talk about men and women?

What do we mean when we talk about men and women? Generalization is easy and risky, even though we are in the middle of a fast pace discussion about anything else and totally unrelated we should be careful for two main reasons: respect (it sounds me so Ali-G) and an effective communication.

So think twice at least once, to not to fall in a fuzzy speech.

Social Design

Has the design a social mission? Personally, I believe that art has nowadays a strong commitment with our society; more than ever an artist cannot afford be a purely contemplative being. Should the design follow the same trend?

Blanksy, an artist that I love by his compromise with the need of denunciation and critic, has an important presence in the Wall of Shame built in Palestine. Apparently, not all palestinians have agreed with Blanksy’s vision of the reality, nevertheless they’ve contributed to express their feelings and to tell the story by using the same tool: the creativeness.

In regards of design, we can see more pieces of popular expressions like the #15M movement – also known as “Real Democracy Now” – which have provoked the contribution of such many different peoplenot only designers – and has used the design among social networks and public demonstrations.

This combination of support, talent, need, and commitment, is rising up as part of the ethic of a designer with his/her own profession.

There are, actually, communities dedicated to provide the designer’s talent to any NGO which need it.

I think that even UX/UI designers should be part of this tendency not forgetting the difference between the private and the public, and bringing back some forgotten concepts such as software libre, creative commons, and responsible consume. Now, when we seem to be safe.