The applicants have received an offer of funding to organise a workshop to engage with patients, GPs as well as with other consultants and specialists from the diabetes and cardio-vascular community services to scope out the idea of using smart clothing for chronic diseases management. We are also interested to engage with smart clothing experts to understand smart clothing embedded technology design and manufacturing challenges for this specific purpose. This workshop will focus on the behaviour aspects of patients in self-managing their chronic disease exploring habits, motivations, satisfaction, expectations, usability of existing digital devices and their perception in how their health behaviour can change positively using positive health behaviour change using smart clothing. It will also focus on designing the appropriate business models for the proposed idea.
This IATL application will provide us with resources to generalise the healthcare workshop described above into a generic user driven innovation workshop with tools and methodology for in depth investigation of user, supplier and partner needs. Dr Elisavet Dimitrokali introduced prototyping tools and interaction design methods to postgraduate level students at the MSc Supportive Technologies module (Service Management and Design Course) (See figure 1). These methods and tools will be integrated into this generic workshop.
This workshop would be of significant benefit in supporting the enterprise agenda at Warwick, as well as a tool for research activities. Prof. Jay Bal is a founding member of the Warwick Enterprise Partnership (http://www2. warwick. ac. uk/fac/cross fac/enterprise/warwick/)