The Future of Health: Ethics and Privacy

Originally published on Cheltenham Science Festival Cheltenham Science Festival 2015 Internet of Things technologies – fitness wristbands and smart watches – are moving health from the hospital to the home. But if your watch, thermostat and games console could manage your well-being, how would you feel about being constantly monitored? Engineer Ian Craddock and social scientist Madeleine Murtagh delve into Continue Reading

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Health

Encouraged by a new breed of policy makers, designers believe they are better able than politicians and clinicians to nudge people into making healthier choices, by transforming the physical environment, improving food labelling, creating incentives to lose weight or give up smoking, and even re-thinking how a receptionist answers the phone. It is hoped that Continue Reading

Can design save healthcare?

Speakers were: Martin Bontoft: design strategist and researcher on user needs in design. Has previously worked for, ideo (Head of Human Factors), Design Council, National Health Service (NHS) and has long experience of service design. Alastair Donald: Urban planner, researcher and writer with experience in public and private sectors, including as an advisor to Commission Continue Reading

We have ways of making you healthy

Originally published on spiked. Norway and the UK are among world leaders in spending on healthcare, but both countries are faced with a looming crisis. In Norway, the prospect of economic slowdown has led some to question whether the country’s famously generous welfare model is sustainable. In the UK, the prolonged recession has meant that Continue Reading