Workshop title: Health Systems Design: People, Information and Technology

Workshop Host SIG/SIGs: Health Systems Design SIG  

Workshop chair(s) name(s)/institution(s)

Professor Maaike Kleinsmann (TU Delft, The Netherlands)

Professor Anja Maier (University of Strathclyde, UK; DTU-Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

Professor John Clarkson (University of Cambridge, UK)

Workshop Description

This workshop will explore the nature of health systems from the perspective of different national examples. With a focus on people, the discussions will be on the roles of information, technology and their relation to people and implications for a systems approach to design. The workshop will draw on the abundance of design knowledge and expertise within the Design Society and the clinical and health perspectives of non-DS members attending from our international meetings on Health Systems Design Research (HSDR). The workshop will be a combination of presentations, activities, and discussions. Plenty of time will be allowed for useful dialogue between the multiple disciplines and perspectives that we anticipate in attendance.


The Health Systems Design SIG was launched at DESIGN2020. The SIG is motivated by the fact that health is a critical component of every society and faces important challenges across the globe. Like the Design Society, the SIG embraces The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The work of the SIG is in line with the third SDG on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. However, our interest in a systems approach, technology, people, and information means that we see several of the SDGs as interconnected. For example, good health is fundamental to one's ability to get the needed education (SDG 4) and therefore have access to a meaningful occupation (SDG 7), leading to reduced poverty (SDG 1) and hunger (SDG 2). This understanding drives our desire to engage with a wide range of disciplines as exemplified in our international meetings and the Africa Design initiative within the Design Society. Such collaborations are also in line with SDG 17 on strengthening the means of implementation and revitalising global partnerships for the goals.


Agenda for the workshop is as follows

Welcome and introductions

SIG update from the steering committee

Presentation 1: Health Systems Design – Exploring perspectives

Activity 1

Presentation 2: Health Systems Design - People, Information & Technology 

Activity 2

Open discussions

Summary and next steps

Target audience

All DESIGN 2022 participants with interest in health - with option for non-Design Society members to register only for the workshop


Expected outcome of the workshop

A better understanding of the variations in health systems

Valuable insights relevant to the opening chapters of the SIG book on Health Systems Design

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