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Collaboratively they explore how smart technologies can reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases. Designer in the lab will develop product service systems that generate data, to be used for early detection of cardiac diseases and a more effective treatment, aiming to provide (potential) cardiac patients with a longer and healthier life and/or with a better quality of life. At the same, time CardioLab interested in how designers create these smart product service systems. Reflections on their approaches will lead to new design methodologies for (industrial) designers.

  • You work on a societal relevant project.
  • You’ll work with people from Philips Design, De Hartstichting (Dutch Heart foundation) and the TU Delft, so you get the experience of working in an innovation network
  • Within the TU Delft you’ll work together with other students, PhD candidates and staff that do multiple projects in this area.
  • You’ll have a substantial design research budget, to be spend on research, prototyping and traveling.
  • We provide opportunities for publishing your work.

Available assignments:

Support cardiac patients faster: From “6 minutes’ zones” to “minus 3 weeks treatments”

The Dutch Heart Foundation created so-called six minutes’ zones, to support Cardiac patients. A six minutes’ zone consists of a network of social workers that have access to an AED. If someone in their neighborhood gets a cardiac problem, they get a message on their phone with the location of the person. They go to that person with an AED and they start resuscitating until the ambulance is there. Although this system works quite well, we want to improve it by reducing the 6 minutes to minus three weeks. Your assignment is to develop a product service system that enables the early detection of signals for a cardiac problem including cardiac arrest and heart attack.

Know your numbers I:

People have to be aware of cardiac diseases that they may develop. Therefore, it is important to “know your numbers”. This means that people have to measure essential indicators for cardiac diseases such as cholesterol and blood pressure regularly. More and more people and patients are using smart devices to keep track of themselves. Often this data is presented in graphs that show their numbers, but little attention is paid to what it means to the individual.

The aim of this project is to develop a measurement system that people could use on a regular base to get access to “THEIR numbers”, with an emphasis on 1) creating the right type of content to explain medical concepts such as blood pressure, how it works, how it impacts your heart and other organs. And 2) how trends in the data tell something about the health status of the patient and when it is time to be worried and when not and 3) to personalize this information to the cardiac (or cardiac related) disease the patient has.

Optimize your numbers:

People have to be aware of cardiac diseases that they may develop. Therefore, it is important to “know your numbers”. This means that people have to measure important indicators for cardiac diseases such as cholesterol and blood pressure regularly. Based on the patterns that arise someone has to adjust and change their lifestyle. We know from research that it is hard for people to hold on to this new lifestyle. This project aims to design a product service system that encourages people to optimise their numbers and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Possible target groups and exploration areas are:

Students qualify for these assignments if they are eager to create probes/prototypes and experiments already in week 3 of their project and can iterate with those probes/prototypes more than three times.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle by means of gamification (target group can be defined later)
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle by means of social interactions (target group can be defined later)
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle when just being diagnosed with HF / AF/ CAD /etc.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle when already chronically ill for more than 5 years.

Early detection of heart failure

A lot of patients have a risk of developing heart failure, a severe cardiac disease. The problem is that heart failure is often not detected, due to non-specific symptoms. For example, COPD patients have a high risk of developing heart failure but it is not recognized due to similarity in symptoms. Your assignment is to develop a product service system that monitors a (COPD/high risk) patient in such a way that heart failure gets detected in an early stage.

 

Lab Director
Maaike Kleinsmann