Informacio. A Modern
Fact: Health Literacy Saves Lives.
When people have access to information about their health and wellness, they are more equipped to make healthy decisions. With advancements in mobile, touchscreen, and tablet technology, people are more informed than ever, with one notable exception: the doctor’s office.
In many ways, going to a healthcare facility feels like visiting the past. The computers are outdated, and there’s no good way for a patient to view the information that their doctors are inputting. Despite all the great advances of the last few years, a lack of health literacy is still a devastating issue. It needs to be addressed multi-laterally: not just through the development of apps and dissemination of information, but in all related fields as well.
Who are we, and what are we doing to help?
We are a global team of designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs who have been motivated by personal frustrations with health-related information access.
Combining modern furniture design and information technology, our project develops integrated solutions that enhance healthcare settings for both the patient and clinician.
After 12 prototypes, our team has created a modern healthcare workstation that will easily accommodate users of various technical levels, allowing increased access to relevant medical information. These workstations will support future hardware and software updates, creating a seamless upgrade path for patient centers.
Informacio is designed to incorporate a 27-inch touchscreen table PC that can be used as a surface-level workstation, or rotated to an upright position (similar to a traditional computer). A keyboard and mouse are embedded inside, conserving space.
Who We Are
Vince Paglione is a Chicago-based educator and CEO of Polar Green, a company committed to improving health information and literacy systems for patients, physicians and the general public. Vince’s professional experience spans over 33 years in education, grants and working with designers. He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects in 2012 for their Distinguished Service Award.
Brian K. Ellison is an academically trained architect that has been designing furniture for residential and commercial spaces for the past 15 years. After spending two years in the Netherlands designing spaces and furniture both independently and under Faas van Dijk of OZENFANT, Ellison returned to Chicago and opened bke designs on Chicago’s west side in 2008.
Marcio Dupont is an industrial designer, currently practicing in São Paulo, Brazil. He has 16 years of professional experience working abroad in the U.S., UK, México and Brazil. He has expertise in sustainability, Healthcare Design and accessibility with an in-depth knowledge of European, American and Latin-American design culture and markets.
Nick Bacon is a Virginia-raised, Chicago-based entrepreneur with a lifelong passion and track record for creating new tools to foster health and educational advancement.
Andrew Mausert-Mooney is a video producer and artist who, among other projects, has produced live webinars on health topics such as autism education.
Brenda Lopez Silva is a designer and technologist currently working in Chicago. She has been involved in research and development of learning technologies for use in formal and informal education settings. She has been involved in software development, design and interactive technologies.
Accurat is an information design agency. They design analytical tools and visual narratives that provide awareness, comprehension and engagement. Accurat provides clients with services and products that relate to information design, focusing on how information transforms networks, cultures, contexts and behaviors. Accurat was founded in 2011 by Giorgia Lupi, Simone Quadri and Gabirele Rossi. They have offices in Milan and New York.
What is Health Literacy?
Health literacy is the ability for an average person to understand everything that influences their health and wellness and make proper decisions based on that information. For example, it includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems.[source]
How Do We Help Patients?
The more patients can understand what is occurring in their bodies, the more they engage in the health care process. This workstation will facilitate better communication and collaboration between patients and providers, enabling a visually accessible approach when reviewing images, charts, and lab results. Electronic Health Records such as EPIC and Cerner can readily be displayed on Informacio.*
It will allow physicians to utilize touchscreen technology to draw, annotate and write notes onto CT Scans, MRIs, patient notes and other medical documentation records that need to be updated. This decreases time spent double-checking notes and reduces miscommunications.
How Do We Help Doctors and Care Givers?
Informacio’s touchscreen and tablet technology will help to engage the patient in their care (as per Meaningful Use, Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulations). The provider and the patient can easily view the details of the patient care on the large touchscreen. For providers who have not yet begun to update to modern technology, Informacio still offers the benefits of being able to share information with the patient in different display modes. Since the workstation supports multiple display formats and viewing angles, one workstation can accommodate various types of users – standing, sitting, or even bedridden.
How Do We Help Hospitals, Institutions, and Healthcare Medical Facilities?
It can become costly and frustrating for providers when they need to continually repurchase furniture to accommodate new technology. The flip side of that – not purchasing furniture that accommodates new technology – casts aside the advances in health literacy that that technology effects. With Informacio, repurchasing furniture will not have to occur as frequently. This prevents unnecessary expenses for the facilities. New and emerging technologies can easily be integrated into our workstation, including new versions of tablets, smart phones and other digital devices.