What it does
Chronic diseases are spreading constantly and increase the need for a change in medicine. The monitoring device, the syringe and the pump are showing a futuristic therapy for diabetes, which relieves medicine and the everyday life of patients.
The topic «internet of things» is getting more and more important in the present society. Even in medicine this progress cannot be stopped. The digitalisation enables time-independent communication, sampling and analysing generated data without physical presence. Especially patients, which are suffering from chronic diseases, benefit from this technology. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide and the number of patients increases annually.
How it works
The product family is based on different kinds of diabetes and aims to target them all. The measuring device measures the glucose-value continually and non-invasively. The insulin is injected through micro-needles, minimizing tissue damage for the patient. The collected data personalizes the devices. This information also enables a more direct way of communication with doctors and makes new service concepts possible. The aesthetics of the objects go with the current zeitgeist and contrast the illness‘ complexity.
To get the full picture of status quo, I held interviews with experts from different fields und and did a deep research of present-day researches. During the process of my project a patient with diabetes type 1 was giving me advice. On one side he had explained me the everyday life with his illness and on the other side we were able to discuss the concept during the process. Those different parts were leading me to the final concept. Conclusively the time started to transform the thoughts into shape. The dimensions of the objects are small. So it was necessary to check the geometries by Mock-Ups. For me it was important, that the different objects have the same aesthetics, to create a product family. Another part of the concept is to put all the objects into a service design. All of this aims to simplify the daily routine of a patient with diabetes.
How it is different
The product is differentiated by the fact that it can be better integrated into everyday life than other similar products available on the market. This is demonstrated by the shape. The product is designed for form as well as function, and therefore it is a desirable as well as a practical device. The application of microneedles and “piezoelectric pumps” are important and unique features that also enable a smaller product with reduced manufacturing costs. Furthermore, the procedure is precise, hygienic, painless. The online capabilities are fully aligned with modern smartphone/internet technologies.
On the initial analysis of this topic, the question arose: should such glucose monitoring devices exist only for diabetes patients? A closer look at the current market shows that healthcare and the availability of “quantified self” technology is becoming more prevalent. Looking ahead, the product could be used in health prevention and not only for the treatment of people with diabetes, for example, those with a predisposition to genetic illnesses. Such ongoing development may lead to a reduction in production costs and selling prices. Regardless which direction, to pursue the development of this product is an exciting proposition.