Our friends at Smart Design are hosting a Smart Salon on 29 January 2013 with an intriguing theme: Can we design a better patient? Noting that the first six months following diagnosis of a chronic condition is a critically important time to help patients retake control of their lives, salon organisers posit that continuing advances in digital health, personalised medicine and the quantified self represent a unique opportunity to empower patients without busting healthcare budgets. Currently, approximately one-third of patients return to the hospital within 30 days of surgery because of difficulties adapting to new behaviours. The role that medical product designers can play to remedy this situation will be a key point of discussion.
Salon participants include Jeremy Myerson (Director of Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art), Colin Callow (Head of the NHS Innovation Centre), Eric Freitag (Director of Healthcare, Smart Design), Matt James Evans (Director, HealthUnlocked) and Andy Ward (Managing Principal, GE Healthcare).
The event, which will be held at the Royal College of Art, is currently at capacity, but you are invited to join a waiting list should more space become available.