Ever wonder what can a few designers come up with if they share ideas with people from the medical profession? The DOME (designing out medical error) project took three years to study the typical routine of healthcare professionals and infused their own ideas into the design.
They came up with the CareCentre which serves all needs of a typical doctor in a single, free-standing station that can be situated at the foot of the bed. These come complete with hand gel, gloves, aprons, drug locker, chart surface, waste and needle bins.
At least these people gave much thought into the process. Over here, we have almost a similar setup except the authorities prefer to do it alone without consulting anyone else. And there was a time limit to these projects, usually less than a year. Furthermore, those involved seemed lethargic when it comes to sharing their ideas.