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  • Designing a global index of future-readiness for healthcare challenges

Briscoe, Gerard and Ramster, Gail, 2019, Conference or Workshop, Designing a global index of future-readiness for healthcare challenges at European Healthcare Design 2019, London, UK, 17-19 June, 2019.

Abstract or Description:

Factors such as climate change, population growth and urban migration are placing ever-greater stresses on healthcare around the world. Cities are becoming the frontline in providing the future of healthcare, with more than half the world’s population now living in urban spaces and forecasted to be nearly 70 per cent by 2050.
Purpose: We’ve designed an index to compare the response and preparedness of cities to health challenges, focusing on their future readiness to meet emerging healthcare needs. Identifying trends on issues such as ageing populations, risk of pandemic, and climate change, the index encourages change in healthcare provision to ensure it meets the needs of communities. Methods: This project makes use of design thinking to determine how future ready cities are to deliver healthcare, including how this can be measured and communicated in a way that raises awareness of the effectiveness of healthcare. Achieving a globally representative design required adopting a ‘data as culture’ approach to the selection of cities, while engaging with ‘subject matter experts’ for the selection of index criteria, and encouraging creativity in the selection of criteria indicators. Workshops at last year’s European Healthcare Design and Healthy City Design congresses informed the design development.
Results: We determined a novel scalable approach for ensuring a culturally representative selection of cities. We’ve also engaged with dozens of subject matter experts to determine criteria for the future-readiness of healthcare – for example, ‘ageing and lifestyle’, ‘environment and climate’, and ‘innovation and technology’. We then determined indicators with foresight for these criteria. We also identified a number of insights from gathering data from a selection of pilot cities.
Conclusions: This index is designed to compare the future readiness to health challenges of cities around the world, and how ready they will be to meet future healthcare needs. This has included considering data currently available, as well as identifying where new data or judgement are required to ensure inclusive design. We’ve also considered how best to present it to provide insightful global comparison for policymakers, practitioners and researchers in public health and healthcare.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: Research Centres > Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 15:38
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 15:38
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4178
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