Week 3

Focus: Health & Art, Design

Where the NHS can Improve and Product Innovation

Highly recommend this podcast. Maja Kecman gives great advice to healthtech entrepreneurs and shares her own experience. 
Problem: Healthcare apps are on the rise. Apps for mental health like mediation, sleeping apps, or fitness trackers collect valuable data on people. However, with all these “health improvement” apps coming out, there is no way to verify which ones actually work, and which ones are bad. Essentially, there is no barrier to entry for these apps.
Solution: The NHS should develop a system to certify which health apps actually work and provide a public list of apps they recommend. And as health apps become more advance and we develop ways to validate their efficacy, maybe in the future, doctors will start prescribing “apps” in place of medicines or other treatments.


100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

From the few EHR’s I’ve worked with, I think that for all the tech talent these corporations hire, the EHR UI could be better. A lot better. With the free semester I have, I’m going to dive into researching current EHR systems and try to evaluate the system’s usability and efficacy from a design standpoint. Some things for me to keep in mind are:

  • 70–90% of the “conscious” mind is actually composed of the subconscious
  • The act of anticipation releases the most dopamine -> that’s why eCommerce is such a big hit
  • Peripheral vision is just as important as central vision when you’re designing a page-> People use peripheral vision to make sure they’re in the right location so having side bars with pictures that reinforce an idea is good
  • Designers tend to think that mobile pages should have less “going on” than web pages because it’s a smaller screen. Surprisingly, it is actually okay to have lots of content on mobile screens BECAUSE the screen is small and everything is within central vision. Our brain can see and handle all of the content, whereas with bigger screens, it’s harder for us to digest lots of content because visually, we can not see everything at once.

Bring Music, Dance & Art to Health Tech Innovation

Problem: Stress affects EVERYONE and its effects on health and quality of life is profound -> Immune systems are compromised due to stress. Many patients also suffer from “isolative depression”. They are often bed-ridden and/or can’t go to public places due to their compromised immune systems. Solution: Dance4Healing is a startup focusing on using the arts to alleviate stress, focusing on those who are medically ill. The founder is a cancer survivor, and attributed a large part of her triumph to dancing! Other notable speakers on the podcast is Dr Steven, a singing oncologist. He began singing to his patients when one of his own patients noticed how stressed he was, and advised him to loosen up. (: Hospitals and clinics should put larger emphasis on patient quality of life, and innovate ways to improve it.

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