Technology is moving in a direction, which enables individuals to monitor vital health signs through wearables and other easily portable devices. We can diagnose specific gene mutations that might make an individual susceptible to various diseases. We have medicines and treatments that supply an almost endless array of tools to fight disease, to treat illness, to fix people. As a result people are living longer. But at what cost? Are people living healthy longer? Are we so busy testing new treatments for the common good that we lose sight of the individual good? Have we lost sight of the need for dignity and empathy and a focus on the wellbeing of people at all stages of their lives, including at the end of life?
Our two teams looked at the issue from multiple perspectives in combination with expert input, real world perspective and using design tools.