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Healthcare on the move Treating Patients in the Community: The Smart Pods Project

By Dale Harrow, Roger Coleman, Ed Matthews, Rob Thompson, David Swann, Sue Hignett, Anna Jones, Jonathan Benger, Nigel Caldwell and Alan Petersen

Abstract

Smart Pods is the first-ever Royal College of Art (RCA)/\ud Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council\ud (EPSRC) multi-disciplinary healthcare project. It has\ud grown out of the College’s chartered commitment to\ud engage with ‘social developments’ through design – a\ud commitment which has led to the establishment of\ud our pioneering Helen Hamlyn Research Centre and,\ud further back in time, to our celebrated ‘NHS bed’ design\ud research project for the King’s Fund. This brought\ud together designers, clinicians, medical researchers\ud and technologists in a redesign of the hospital bed,\ud resulting in a new research and design methodology\ud for healthcare. It also embodied our firm belief that a\ud surprising number of healthcare issues are, at base,\ud design issues as well

Topics: NC
Publisher: Royal College of Art
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:7774

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