As design harnesses digital materials and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon.
Arlington, Massachusetts (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Involution Studios, a software design company that solves some of the healthcare industry's most pressing problems, has launched three open source design concepts that radically rethink health. Involution Studios' creative team has been on the bleeding edge of technology creating software solutions for clients including AstraZeneca, 3M Health Information Systems, Partners HealthCare and Walgreens.
As part of the studio's philosophy to change healthcare in a positive way, many of its designs are open source. Here are the top three that are changing the discussion about health.
hGraph is currently the only open source tool for visualizing a patient’s complete range of health metrics. This one-of-a-kind visualization approach aggregates health data both on a personal and community level. It provides clinicians with at-a-glance analytics of a patient’s overall health, allowing doctors to spot patterns and red flags. It works by comparing a person’s health data against targeted health ranges based on factors like age and gender. Metrics that appear red are either lower or higher than the “good health” range. The hScore is an overall, aggregated score of health (1-100) that represents a person’s health status, or grade.
In this deceptively simple fashion hGraph enables the compilation and display of a considerable amount of information within a limited space. hGraph software is currently in pilot programs at a major retail pharmacy and in on-campus clinics for two major technology companies.
In the bathroom and, eventually, in other environments like the medical practitioner’s office or the hospital room, the majority of your physiologic signs will be snagged non-invasively, through sensors that passively sniff you. No blood draws. No awkward stool sample cards. Just whiffs and sniffs and the occasional photograph. All of this must be designed to feel wonderful, so that you think more about life and less about “health” and “security.” Background, automatic health sensing will let us focus our consciousness on the dream life we want to live. No one wants to be called a “patient.”
With the hPod concept, your bathroom will be an invisible sensor haven. Consider what that room collects and how it could be assessed, sooner rather than later: Hair follicles collected in the shower drain. GI samples and urinalysis from the toilet. Your biome sloughing off into the sink. Weight, heart rate, blood flow, and facial expressions, recorded automatically. It just happens, with regular feedback loops but no mental or physical overhead. It isn’t the bathroom anymore, it’s the health room.
"As design harnesses digital, materials and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon," noted Juhan Sonin, Involution Studios Creative Director. "Proactive, lifestyle design. Tracking real-time health data. Non-invasive tools. Custom "just for you" treatments based on your actual genome. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people. Together they are leading us to "stage zero" detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen."
The Health Axioms are about daily care and attention to health in a distinctly physical format. They are graphic examples, using a visual story to communicate something important about individual health and well-being while influencing behavior change.
The Axioms help people focus on clear, actionable advice that will impact their health and how they interact within the healthcare system. Each axiom concentrates on a one specific behavior that can move people in the direction of better health.
Doctors are using the Health Axioms card deck to discuss key issues with patients and hand them out as daily reminders post-check-up. Three different clinical practices are currently leveraging them as part of everyday exams. Wall art is another outlet, where clinics are hanging large Health Axioms on the walls to inform discussions and remind patients and doctors alike of the 4-6 healthy behaviors we should engage in, such as “Get More Sleep,” “Exercise is Medicine,” “Food is Medicine,” “Stop Smoking,” and “Examine Yourself.” Next up is environmental graphics — imagine bigger-than-life-sized murals on hospital walls — which are being prototyped in local clinics right now.
About Involution Studios
Involution studios crafts exceptional software for progressive companies. For more information, visit http://www.goinvo.com Juhan Sonin, Involution Studios' Creative Director, will be speaking on hGraph and Health Axioms at Stanford Medicine X on Saturday, September 6th.