BA Product Design
In the United Kingdom, 15 million people live with chronic health conditions. With the burden of managing their care and treatment through the use of numerous monitoring devices and clinical appointments, their lives too often revolve around their condition.
‘hplus’ is a collection of six clinical grade personal health monitoring devices that aim to relieve the pressure on the patient, clinician and health service. By providing patients with the ability to understand their health in real-time, in their own environment, they are given an accurate picture of their health while having the freedom to live their lives as they wish. Included in the collection is a spirometer, urinalyser and finger-prick blood tester. Designed for young and old alike with no digital read-outs and minimal interfaces, these six devices provide accurate monitoring of nine major chronic health conditions. An accompanying application guides users through the testing procedures, while displaying results of recent tests alongside notes from their doctor.
Through secure transfer of patient data, medical practitioners get a more frequent and accurate picture of their patients’ state of health. This reduces the number of appointments a patient needs for check-ups.
With a strong focus on a materiality inspired by ceramic tableware, the devices are designed to counter the current aesthetic of medical products, giving users a sense of dignity through their use and ownership while grounding them in the domestic setting.
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