How can personal fabrication labs (like Fablabs) and maker spaces be used to support stakeholders in healthcare in creating new solutions? Together with patients, health professionals (in education), hospitals, (young) designers, artists and healthcare entrepreneurs, we explore how stakeholders in healthcare themselves can be creator of solutions, that support the illness and care process and that contribute significantly to the empowerment of patients. Quality of life is paramount. Furthermore, we also conduct the public debate about the possibilities and limits of makeable care and empowerment of patients.
Multidisciplinary teams work on solutions
To also actively catalyse the creation of open solutions, three multidisciplinary teams will collaborate. Each team has a ‘problem owner’. This can be a patient, a health care professional or a care entrepreneur. The central issue is a problem or need from a patient or healthcare professional. Along with young designers, makers and health professionals the teams will design prototypes to solve the problem at stake. The method, drawings and insights to reach a working solution will be documented and shared online. This enables other users to create and adapt to these solutions in their own environment.
In addition to this, Fablab Amsterdam will be dedicated to the healthcare theme during monthly meet-ups. Everyone is welcome to get acquainted with the possibilities of the Fablab in DIY-healthcare. Fablab Amsterdam will function as the hub in doing so. Experts will provide their knowledge and expertise. Obviously there will be plenty of opportunity to work on different solutions or innovations, accompanied by Fablab experts.