Design Medical Democratization – PhD – Design research project



In the future collecting and analyzing endogenous data through medical devices could be done by the patient himself at home. In this scenario, a redesign of medical devices must embody a specific form of authority and democratic power, as found in participative or collaborative design processes.

The research project investigates the possible realization and effects of such future devices on medical practice and care as well as on the practice of design. It is aimed to gain insights especially for the future role of designers and their social responsibility in the context of designing highly technical artifacts for our distributed heterogeneous societal practices.

Healthcare; Design; Democratization; Participation; Medical; Device

The full exposé paper can be send on request.

The PhD is supervised by:
Prof. Dr. Bettina Möllring, Muthesius Academy of Arts and Design, Kiel, Germany
Prof. Dr. Rosan Chow, OTH University Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Med. Steffen Leonhardt, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

In Cooperation with the Philips Chair for Medical Information Technology (MedIT), Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University