Zorgen Voor Morgen - OpenCareLab 2040


Health care in 2040. If we want to keep it accessible and affordable, we have a major challenge on our hands.5 experts list the main challenges for Design Platform Flanders. That's how Open Care Lab starts.


Our current care system is built around the problems communities had from 1914 until World War II. You already see the division between young  eople, who are in good health and don't want to carry the costs of that system. We're healthy for longer than ever before. You can smoke or have bad habits, you'll still make it to 60.It turns out that people with a small social network shorten their life with 10 to 15 years.


Think in terms of health, not in terms of being ill. The way in which we now see individuals as centre of a community, I believe that's not the correct way to go. An individual, to me, is a junction of relations. A small network is deadlier than smoking. We should indeed have a big debate about accountability. Care does not only cost money, it creates economic opportunities too. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be: listen. Nurses and doctors don't listen enough. I believe engineers will become increasingly more important, we need to give these boffins, as we call them, a new place in the concept.


One of the major challenges is a change in attitude. How do we go from awareness to changing attitudes? That's one of the major challenges. How do experts from other sectors perceive these challenges?


The discussion starts at expert camp. That's the difference between a simulated community and one that... No gold medals, but our entire country can run the 10K.


Participants add to the expert opinions with their own ideas about care in the future. Challenges pile up. There are many opportunities, but some experts worry. We'll be able to measure our health precisely, thanks to apps and technology. What happens if tomorrow I don't go for my daily run? What if I don't eat my apple, but have a Snickers instead? Does that mean I pay more for my health care?


To make the challenges tangible, we ask them to imagine it's 2040. What do they read in the papers? Woman killed by faulty laptop. Producer faces huge penalty. No more kidney donor problems thanks to 3D printing. Average career lasts 60 years. This is achieved through the active promotion of breaks. It's about values, not infrastructure and technology. Health care will become much more diverse. It will have to evolve with society, but also needs to be ordinary and accessible. Care has to be something normal. It's obvious the challenges are not about details,but about the broader system.


We take the insights from the expert camp to the designers. The designers create a first image, which will define the context that will be used by designers in the care camps who will translate them into solutions, products and services as they would be in this magical year 2040.


The main challenge today is to come up with scenarios that are ambitious enough to be feasible in 2040, but they can't be too futuristic, not too much of a sci-fi thing. We try to translate that broad spectrum of influences and the input of today’s experts into very tangible ideas and plans. The innovations they focus on are not just technological, fortunately. They also look at softer components, how people interact in a community. Do you want to care for someone, how do you go about it? Do you have time for it? When do you need care yourself while you are helping others?


We kunnen zo veel doen. We bouwen veel nieuwe kennis op via verschillende disciplines. Ik kijk uit naar de oplossingen die daaruit gaan voortvloeien.


The designer camp provides three drafts for new care systems. In the care camps, the captains show them to enthusiastic volunteers. They transform the drafts into tangible care products, services and environments. The expert and designer camps are finished now. They defined a number of draft challenges, such as: How can a city in the future be an ecosystem of solutions in care? How can people be stimulated or rewarded for taking care of a neighbour or a family member? Each team concentrates on a different aspect of care.


The keyword is 'prototyping'. How can we put simple prototypes into more elaborate solutions? Our key challenge was a 'care for life mind-set'. We're moving towards a community without big institutions. People are geared towards care so much that care is now part of the community. The community has a care box, where both elderly people and children are being cared for. When you give birth, you no longer go to a big hospital. A birth box is delivered before the scheduled birth date. The childbirth happens within the community. And one day, when your life is over, an end box will be delivered. Childbirth and death happen within the same community.


We continued with our life coach concept, it's an assistant who helps you to make decisions in care. We actually developed a concrete case, where a child gets ill. The child is not very ill yet, but the parents get signals that something is wrong. Tangible interfaces, objects in the room, start to adjust. Here, the life coach is the wallpaper and the plant. They sense that something is up with the child. The colour signals allow her to make a rough diagnosis, decide which medication to give or whether a doctor is needed.


De zorginstellingen die we nu kennen, verdwijnen. Niet louter de medische zorgen. Het gaat om mensen die anderen thuis bijstaan, dat zal veranderen. We zullen dat meer zelf moeten organiseren. Er komen mensen die dat semiprofessioneel gaan doen. Ik moet voor mijn moeder leren zorgen. Maar wie leert me dat? Misschien rijdt er wel een bus rond die in je gemeenschap langskomt en waar je dat allemaal kunt leren. Of het wordt een soort café waar je naartoe gaat en waar je zorgkennis kunt opdoen en naar de ervaringen van anderen kunt luisteren. Dat zoeken we nu uit.


We have a few companies visiting today, to see how the concepts can help to work on care problems. They want to get a feel for the process, but we also hope that their questions will help us to improve the concepts. With each camp,the teams refine their concepts. Loose ideas become stories, drafts become scale models. The future is taking shape. The new style of care can be experienced.


Careline is a new type of health insurance. It delivers high quality care where and when you need it. Depending on your care needs, modular units are delivered. Like this Zen box, which keeps your body and mind healthy. Health starts with healthy behaviour. Careline observes, encourages and adjusts you so you stay healthy, rather than just become healthy. A postcard from your liver to thank you for drinking less shows a playful way to do this. Through clever logistics, Careline attaches modular units from a central storage to a client's house. This way, Careline invests in community care facilities.


Crowdcaring makes people accountable and supports them while they are a carer. By caring for each other you gain social credit, so others will care for you when you need it. Early on, children become familiar with crowdcaring. Like Franki. On his way from school, he sees how a neighbour visits other neighbours. They have a crowdcaring sticker, so she goes and helps them. She moves her photo in the schedule on the digital fridge planner. This way, she aligns care supply and demand. Later, Franki's mum takes him to the care café, where neighbourhood care is organized. Franki only sees happy faces so he and his mum become a crowd care member too.


With Tao, care is everywhere. In the objects,plants and animals around us. They are clever sensors and actors guarding our health,avatars who enable TAO as a coordinating system to monitor and adjust our body, behaviour and environment. Wherever you are, you consult TAO with the cloud machine. It allows you to explore TAO products and services and adjust them to your needs. You decide how and how much TAO watches over you.


Careline, Crowdcaring and Tao, three futuristic views for new care systems towards 2040. All three are based on a tangible unity of new care products, services and environments. Together they provide answers on how to ensure quality, affordability and accessibility of future care. They show how design can make a crossover between formal and informal care,between society and economy. These 3 care concepts make the future discussible and invite all parties involved to anticipate tomorrow's care needs.



Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:40 - ondertiteling aan

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