Since starting Polar Green, many people have asked me why we focus on health through design. The answer to this question is both complex and obvious.
I spent the last 35 years of my life in higher education administration working in a college of architecture, design and the arts. In those 35 years I worked with design through academic programming, design review committees and international design grants. Through these experiences I learned the power of design and how it can impact people. During an 8-year grant that focused on participatory design in communities in Canada, Mexico and the United States, I saw firsthand how good design could change people’s lives.
The health part has been a life journey for me. Both my parents suffered from serious health challenges and I witnessed how they were able to be positive and live life fully. This life lesson served me as I battled two cancers over the past six years. Fortunately for me, I had great doctors and was able to benefit from new medical technology.
It was through my experience as a patient that I saw one critical fault line for physician/patient communication- the computer medical workstation. As a patient, I could not see my tumor clearly; nor could my doctor show it to me. Having spoken to other cancer survivors about these frustrations, I discovered that I was not the only one for whom this had been an issue.
Informacio began as a patient story that developed into an ongoing narrative. I told this narrative to a team of designers, who translated the problem I suggested existed in healthcare computer workstations into a visual concept.
Much like a science laboratory, the design studio conducts research and experiments. We began with a series of visual experiments that were constructed and deconstructed through evidence-based design and critique by the team and medical professionals. After 12 iterations, a base prototype emerged.
We are now in the critical stage for our company, as we need to both do on-site testing and focus groups. This research is what our Indiegogo backers are helping us achieve. We are committed to our product and our vision to help patients. Informacio transcends current workstations through quality design, functionality, touchscreen/traditional options and ergonomic consideration for the healthcare professional.
To view the Informacio Workstation campaign on IndieGogo, please go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/informacio-a-modern-touchscreen-enabled-healthcare-workstation.