The Health Systems Design Special Interest Group has been formed with the goal of creating a space and building a community for researchers who are interested in the study of health systems design. This initiative builds on the perception there is a steadily increasing interest in this topic within and beyond the Design Society.

Systems design research and practice has a lot to offer in actively tackling the major health challenges facing society, and the Design Society can play a key role in making this happen. The need to connect people and technology provides us with unprecedented opportunities that we would like to bring to the fore with this Special Interest Group.

By leveraging the strengths of systems designers to be connectors between multiple academic, industry- and policy stakeholders and research disciplines, we are committed to working towards ensuring healthy lives and well-being, UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, and promoting partnerships for the goals, SDG 17. Treating health as a complex socio-technical system, our mission is to change health and care by design.

This SIG builds on four international meetings on healthcare systems design research, held in Cambridge, Copenhagen and Delft in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and with a workshop at DESIGN 2020 to develop a roadmap for the development of the SIG. The next meeting will be at ICED 2021 in Gothenburg.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Sweden in 2021.

For further information on the Health Systems Design SIG please contact Anja Maier at anja.maier@strath.ac.uk, Maaike Kleinsmann at m.s.kleinsmann@tudelft.nl or John Clarkson at pjc10@eng.cam.ac.uk or follow us on LinkedIn. For more details on the ICED 2021 workshop please contact Alexander Komashie at ak670@cam.ac.uk, Guillaume Lamé at guillaume.lame@centralesupelec.fr, Nicholas Ciccone at nicic@dtu.dk, François Patou at  frpato@dtu.dk, Jos Kraal at j.j.kraal@tudelft.nl or Valeria Pannunzio at v.pannunzio@tudelft.nl.


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