The future of health care is a subject that has aroused intense speculation over the years. Predicting possible futures for the health care industry is an ambitious and complex task. The disparities in global health care systems today make it impossible to present one comprehensive solution that fits all. The industry is constantly affected by Government legislation, making their rate of development impossible to predict. Most importantly, health care is about ordinary people, diverse as we are.
Predicting an uncertain future
We may not know what the future holds, but we attempt to map, design and build critical glimpses of scenarios based on our extensive industry experience, insights into human needs and futuring skills. Storytelling has been the most favored approach to give rise to compelling and believable scenarios. Veryday brings in prototyping early on in the process, to test scenarios and possible solutions, in order to demonstrate the key interactions actually taking place. A process of endless iteration drives critical analysis throughout the process. Prototypes help our cross-disciplinary teams discuss, act on and participate in the visualized Future Scenario, enabling diverse knowledge to be fed into the process for continuous critical improvements.
An age of Ubiquitous Computing
‘The Future of Integrated Health Care’ story takes place in an urban context, in a time when computing is truly ubiquitous. Technology allows embedded sensors and microprocessors to gather and share biometric data in real-time. This data is stored as actionable information in the Cloud and the sensors can be placed anywhere, from a device to the accessories and clothing that we wear. This invisible matrix of computing technology, carried and embedded around us, will free us from the shackles of desktop computing.
We will use mobile and ambient devices to access and manage our biometric data, anywhere at any time. Access to our personal and shared data is optional, and selectively granted by the user for their benefit.
In this age, real-time information is a powerful tool for improving the quality of our lives. Information is a universal parallel currency, used for the greater good. Concepts of privacy have evolved and our personal integrity is protected in a larger technological welfare infrastructure that helps our society run more smoothly, and supports individuals to live independent and healthy lives.
Health, information and recovery at your fingertips
Desktop computers as we know them today, will probably become relics of the past in a not too distant future. Rapid advances in screen technology and the diminishing size of microprocessors will make it possible to invent new archetypes for the computer, coupled with new gestural and semantic languages creating more seamless types of interfaces.
In an age of ubiquitous computing, our walls, tables and other elements in our environment will become smart platforms for us to interact with, intuitively. This means we will be able to access and use information in many different ways. A fluid exchange and generation of data will enable people to connect with an information superhighway through the most natural everyday actions. The simple act of placing your hand on a table, for example, can open communication or a service experience, if called upon to do so.
Read the story about Bernard and Hannah in The Future of Integrated Health Care.
A medical ecosphere of applications
‘The Future of Integrated Health Care’ is told through two main applications; ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘miniMe’ which both belong in a greater eco-system of services, service providers and devices.
‘Helping Hands’ is a software application accessible on all smart surfaces and devices, and ‘miniMe’ is a personalized medical monitoring device. They both measure and retrieve biometric data and to connect people and information. ‘Helping Hands’ enables biometric data to be measured via a finger tip, by simply placing it on any smart surface. The ‘miniMe’ device is a small instrument that uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and NFC (Near Field Communication) as biometric sensors on the body to track health statistics. Both ‘miniME’ and ‘Helping Hands’ measures ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse oximetry, body temperature, blood glucose, cholesterol , haemoglobin and prothrombin time. ‘miniMe’ could even detect if a person falls over, via a drop sensor. These kind of personal health monitoring applications have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and elderly care, reducing visits to the doctor and enabling people to live independently longer.
Case study: miniMe and the Future of Integrated Healthcare, by Ergonomidesign
In 2009 Veryday´s (previously Ergonomidesign) strategists and futuring experts set out to analyze macro, life science, social and technology trends set ten to twenty years out. We knew that health care was changing and that we could be a part of shaping the future.