• 17Jan

    Can design help patients take greater control of their own recovery?

    Tuesday 18:30-21:30, 29 January 2013
    Royal College of Art, London, SW7 2EU

    The first six months following diagnosis is a critically important time for chronic-care patients to regain control of their lives. Yet almost 30% of post-surgical patients end up back in the hospital within 30 days because they have trouble adapting to new behaviours after they get home.

    Rapid innovation in areas like digital ecosystems, the quantified self and personalised medicine gives design an active role in translating technologies into useful tools that empower patients and practitioners. Now that the healthcare industry is putting pressure on patients to take more responsibility than ever, it’s an interesting time to discuss whether design can indeed enable patients to adopt new behaviours.

    Join Jeremy Myerson (Director of Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, RCA), Colin Callow (Head of the NHS Innovation Centre), Eric Freitag (Director, Smart Design), Matt James Evans (Director, HealthUnlocked) and Andy Ward (Managing Principal, GE Healthcare) for a Smart Salon on the current state of behaviour-changing technologies and a debate about whether it’s a good idea to rely on patients to take better care of themselves.

    Please register to attend as space is limited.

    Drinks and snacks at 18:30
    Talk starts promptly at 19:00