The Design Center concourse in San Francisco could not be a better venue for the upcoming Health 2.0 Conference. For all of the debate that is raging about health care, reform, insurance companies and the rest, the issue at hand is really one of design. The theme, User-Generated Healthcare, is itself a design issue.
Places of the Soul, by Christopher Day, makes the point that architecture must begin based on where the designed structure is to be placed. As he notes in the book, studies have shown that there is strong correlation between recovery time at the hospital and patient view, with every leaf being ‘worth its weight in gold.’ Design matters. The Health 2.0 team has architected an excellent agenda that looks at the design issue of the healthcare system from the perspective of the patient. I am excited to be attending and look forward to the possibility of CLOUD presenting its new vision and language during the Human Centered Design Contest.
CLOUD believes that the Internet needs a new design, too, an architecture based on starting from a new place, the individual. ME 1.0 looks forward to meeting Health 2.0 and engaging in a new blueprint for the future!