Healthy Data

An ambitious competition posed by the government ‘s Presidential Innovation Fellows program asked designers to tackle an all-too-overlooked problem: the design of medical records. 230 individuals and groups, many from several top design firms responded with entries, showing the great possibilities in applying clean, simple information design principles to an often misunderstood area. In addition to presenting a better visual layout, the projects goals include: helping patients better manage health; enabling doctors to understand, use and share patients’ information; and helping family members and friends care for their loved ones. Team curators will select and refine a final design, which will then be shared on an open-source site for health-record companies to incorporate into their systems.