Design Aid program to help make Diabetes finger pricking a thing of the past

We’re proud to announce that Deakin University’s non-invasive smart solution for blood glucose monitoring project will be the first recipient of our Design Aid program.

The Design Aid program is part of our mission to give underfunded digital health projects access to world class design.

The winning project is specifically looking to design and implement a state-of-the-art smartphone-based non-invasive glucose monitoring solution using terahertz technology. The project is based on years of collaboration between Australia, the United States and Canada and is about to enter the Visualisation and Prototyping phase of the project – ideally suited to our user experience design expertise in the health sector.

Commenting on their win, Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe from Deakin University and Epworth HealthCare said, “Together with Drs Lemai Nguyen and Sasan Adibi of Deakin University, we have been working on the technical side of this exciting project for many years and we know that a great user experience is key to the successful adoption of the solution. Navy Design’s generous offer of support will help us on our journey to significantly improve the lives of millions of Diabetes sufferers.”

Other finalists included:

  • Health Delivered - a dietary management platform designed to tackle the growing obesity, diabetes and chronic health issues 
  • The Australian Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Institute Flinders University – who are developing a platform to help bring together research on infectious diseases
  • Wollongong Hospital – where James Brinton developed a very innovative idea based around a Pokemon Go style game for patients to capture their thoughts on service levels in hospitals. They are hoping to align this with their work on My Surgery Journey app, soon to be released

It has been fascinating to see the wide range of amazing ideas to help deliver better services and medical outcomes in the health sector. Applications have come from academics, healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs across the world and included projects tackling health issues from diabetes and obesity to mental health.

At Navy we are fortunate enough to work on a range of projects where user experience design can make a real difference to the lives of individuals in need. We launched Design Aid to give less well funded projects the opportunity to benefit from our wealth of experience in this area.

Design Aid is a twice annual program where we invest our time to give underfunded digital health projects access to world class design. The offer is a two week intensive design exercise, where our design team helps take a product to the next level.

In addition to three Navy Design Directors, we recruited a judging panel that included three independent health experts, Dr Linny Kimly Phuong who works at the Royal Childrens Hospital, Chris Gray, Managing Director, Telstra Health – ADCC, and Brendon Wickham an eHealth expert currently working in a government funded organisation.

Applications for the second round of Design Aid will open again in June 2017.

Written by Michael Trounce
General Manager at Navy Design