Dezeen article on open-source healthcare design
Design blog Dezeen has interviewed Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab in their series called 'Good Design for a Bad World'. In a video and article on their website they are looking back at Dutch Design Week and the 'Embassy of Health' exhibition titled 'Chronic Health', curated by Sabine. In the interview, she describes healthcare as "a closed system" in which patients have little power.
"At the moment, it's very much dependent on the decisions of healthcare professionals, organisations and institutes," according to Wildevuur. She also criticises the focus on patents in healthcare design. "Normally, you make something, you close it down, and you sell it. Open design, on the other hand, is all about sharing your knowledge of design with others," she says. "If we share this kind of design, we could make the world a better place."
"The projects at the Embassy of Health are examples of people taking control and taking matters in their own hands," says Wildevuur. The exhibition explored design-led solutions to problems such as inequality in access to healthcare and the global increase in chronic diseases.