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AXA PPP Health Tech & You

19 March 2015 | Laura Stevens

The Design Museum is presenting the forefront of inventions in personal health technology. These objects will be the medical care of the future, and have the power to transform people's lives across the globe.

The Design Museum is presenting a revolution that’s happening quietly across the world. Inventors, artists and developers are harnessing the power of digital technology to reinvent the way we interact with our bodies, medical professionals and illness. Imagine the life changing impact of wearable tech that detects injuries, a portable tool that enables blind people to read shapes and colours, or a glucometer that plugs into your Smartphone.

The exhibition presents 24 entries from the 120 submitted depicting the best of the latest innovations in personal health technology. This is the first ever AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards and submissions came from designers, entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum said: “Digital technology is triggering a revolution in the way that we think about our health that is as dramatic in its impact as anything that has already happened in finance, education or entertainment.

“For the first time we can ask our smart phone, ‘how am I?’”

Split into six sections including ‘Manage My Condition’, ‘Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, Early Years’ and ‘Signs & Symptoms’, the display is interactive with viewers testing and touching the products. You can lie on a bed and experience an app designed to improve the quality of sleep using cognitive behavioural therapy, or speak to a ‘digital buddy’ who gives support to young mums through their mobile.

James Freeston, Marketing Director of AXA PPP healthcare said: “The health technology revolution provides a real opportunity to inspire behavioural change and enable people to take greater control of their own and their families’ health – whether at home, at work or at leisure.”

The objects presented have the capacity to transform people’s lives such as iHealth Align that is the world’s smallest, most portable mobile glucometer. Plugging directly into your Smartphone’s headphone jack, the results are displayed instantly on your phone.

Another, BRUISE, was inspired by Paralympic sit-skier Talan Skeels-Piggin who spoke about his inability to detect and assess injuries in his legs. To counter this an injury detection suit for disabled athletes was created with wearable tech that indicated when and how severe injuries happened. Elena Dieckmann and Ming Kong were part of the team that created the garment and spoke of the potential of this garment to help those with dementia who cannot remember hurting themselves.

The technology on display also has a social dimension to the objects, for example the Otoscope & Opthalmoscope. Turning smartphones into medical devices using clip-on attachments these could be used to benefit those in remote areas. Sending images to healthcare professionals ensures that these isolated people still receive up to date health care and advice.

AXA PPP Health Tech & You presents the revolution in how we look after our well-being and gives you an opportunity to see the design story of a completely new industry being written. Watch this space for the products that will transform your health in the future.

AXA PPP Health Tech & You runs 10 March to 26 April. For more information click here.

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