SOURCE: Artefact


June 30, 2011 20:00 ET

Artefact Wins Prestigious IDEA Award for Seattle Children's Patient Information System Prototype Showcasing the Power of Design for Humanizing Health Care

Industrial Designers Society of America Honors Artefact for a Third Consecutive Year

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Jun 30, 2011) - Artefact, the Seattle-based technology product design firm whose mission is to utilize the power of design to improve people's lives, announced today it has been recognized for the third year in a row for its outstanding work by one of the most regarded organizations in the product design industry: The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Artefact received a Silver award for the Seattle Children's Patient Information System, a prototype adaptable to mobile, iPad and desktops to help doctors, administrators and patients with critical decisions for better patient care. Artefact was also recognized as a finalist for the Artefact website redesign.

With the growing complexity of the health care system, medical personnel become more and more pressured for time. Seattle Children's, one of the leading children's hospitals in the country, engaged with Artefact to develop a Patient Information System prototype that will provide physicians with an integrated view of patient data for easier and faster decision making and better doctor-patient communications. The Artefact-Seattle Children's Patient Information System delivers:

  • Patient Stories in Seconds. Clinicians need to understand the story of a patient, but previously they had to be detectives to piece it together. Lab results were separate from medication orders -- even for the same patient. This solution brings patient data together to describe the whole person using the power of interactive infographics. This view of the past, present, and future for every patient helps doctors decide whom to treat first.
  • Augmented Human Communication. Despite the vast improvements in care brought about by technology, many critical decisions hinge on personal communication. The prototype doesn't try to replace human connections with technology -- it augments them. For example, all the staff working with each patient is clearly identified, allowing them to share information on the go.
  • Adaptable to Form and Function. The system is tailored to diverse user roles, levels of authority, and contexts from vice presidents to nurses. For example, doctors can use tablets at the patient's bedside when they need information to make a decision regarding the patient's care, while unit coordinators use their desktop PCs to see status and plan for patients that come and go.

"Artefact was an excellent partner that helped uncover user needs in a very complex environment like our hospital and developed a design that has the potential to actually help doctors make better decisions," said Dr. Ari Pollack, one of the champions of the pilot at Seattle Children's. "Technology gives us many advantages but it is truly amazing when it helps you bring the human element back into the patient-doctor relationship."

Artefact's new Website also received a finalist recognition for its unique use of a horizontal "river" of content architecture. The site, which works based on a tagging system, treats all content types (portfolio pieces, blog entries, people, etc.) equally, allowing the user to simply filter the list (the "River") to the content type that they want to see. Specific pieces of content ("Cards") are also connected by tags, enabling visitors to create their own easy to navigate experiences as they delve as deep as they want into a designer, a project or blog posts.

With over 2000 applications from 39 countries, the IDSA 2011 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) program is among the most prestigious and competitive design awards in the world. The 2011 IDEA jury was composed of 20 international design experts coming from design consultancies, corporations and universities, who chose winners based on eight areas of design excellence.

"We are incredibly proud that with only five years in the market, we are being recognized for the work we love to do year after year," said Gavin Kelly, principal and co-founder of Artefact. "The work with Seattle Children's showcases the impact design can have in critical areas like health care, not only in improving business processes and infrastructure, but in changing our interactions as patients and doctors for a better, more human experience."

About Artefact
Artefact is a product design firm that works with a variety of high tech consumer electronics, communications, and computer software clients to research user needs and design breakthrough product experiences that create a preferable future.

Since 2006, Artefact has partnered with major industry players like Microsoft, Apple, HTC, Samsung, SONOS, Path, and Intel to deliver innovation to mobile and tablets, gaming and entertainment systems and healthcare industry. Artefact is a young company, but with rapid growth, it is becoming a prominent player in user experience design.

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