Thoughts and ideas from Healing Design
Hi Tech Hi-Touch Convergent Solutions
August 16, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Taichung, Taiwan

July 24 – August 2, 2019

Hi Tech and Hi Touch are Convergence Solutions – I Just returned from Taiwan where I was an invited keynote speaker for SDPS, Society of Design and Process Science 24thInternational Conference. The conference theme was “Changing the world via innovative design and applications of automation and artificial intelligence.” SDPS is a research symposium which gathers researchers from various disciplines that are specialized in related topics on data driven design and services. The symposium covered theories, methodology, techniques and practices in interdisciplinary fields of design science, technology, artificial intelligence, engineering computer and cognitive sciences.

The theme was fulfilled in various venues on Artificial Intelligence including AI for diagnostic imaging, gerontechnology for research, applications in telemedicine, integration into the community and home care, smart health, informatics and public affairs and many more. Human - Centric design innovations in healing environments was the focus of my presentation. It became the hi-touch to compliment the hi-tech technology being presented. Human – Centric design became the core for the success of hi-tech technology, systems and process.

AI is currently well embedded in our culture and environment. As the increase of global burden on chronic disease caring for patients through our traditional model both jeopardizes the integrity of the disease treatment, hampers disease management and compromises patient outcomes. Appling new informatics technology in clinical practice is a major focus in medical practice. IT tools are being introduced to multi-disciplinary care models for improving clinical care effectiveness and improved patient outcomes. In the community, design and evaluation of alternative services and community-based care programs with a scientific care management and information technology can improve outcomes at grass roots level.

New trends in biomedicine and the role of software technology may play a role in the enhancement of computational models. Interdisciplinary research illustrates benefits in a range from defining medical diagnosis, predicting treatments and addressing chronic diseases. Biomedicine visions were further discussed applying predictive analytics on how to harness the power of data with new software paradigms. Exciting stuff!!

We had an opportunity to see Biomedicine in action with a visit to the XLab in Taipei. XLab is dedicated to innovation of medical technology in harmony the user experience and evidence-based design for the Smart Hospital of the future. Wearable technology, mattress sensors, smart building environmental sensors, ergonomic equipment were all part of the hospital room of the future.

I really hadn’t considered AI as a serious component in the design of healing environments, but last week trip convinced me to reconsider. I saw walking canes that were beautifully design and also collected patient vital signs and wearable technology that eliminated wires and beeping greatly enhancing the patient’s comfort. New technology and AI are contributing to the creation of a comfortable and human-centric healing environment. AI is human-centric which unites the ying with the yang.

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