Interview with designer nikita chandekar (nc), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Touch Free Life Care Patient Monitoring System.

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Interview with nikita chandekar at Monday 14th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
nc : Nurses have to routinely check temperatures , BP and patient health 4 times a day. Patients are sometimes disturbed if asleep for these routine checkups. They maintain all the records on paper and files which are tedious to maintain and access. The doctor has to go through different patient files to see and if necessary make changes in drugs and fluids dosages.The present system includes a lot of paperwork . A system was needed to monitor patients and maintain records. A lot of staff hours can thus be saved using TLC.This was my inspiration behind TLC.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
nc : A clean and intuitive interface was necessary keeping in mind the users that come from all socio economic classes.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
nc : I am looking for working more on this project.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
nc : This project was finished in 4 weeks.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
nc : It was an inspiration.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
nc : Yes i am interested in buyers as this design will help benifit both the stakeholders that is the hospital and patients.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
nc : I am an electronics engineer and a Product Designer. This design is a combination of both my educational skills.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
nc : No

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
nc : The hospitals can use this design and save a lot of staff hours required to monitor patients. Also for patients with contagious diseases who require isolation, TLC is helpful.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
nc : The whole concept is new.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
nc : sometimes patients with contagious diseases need isolation. This is how i named this project touch- free lifecare, as it helps monitor patients under any circumstances.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
nc : pencil, markers, solidworks and key shot.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
nc : Its simple graphic- user interface.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
nc : This was a project done at my institute.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
nc : Its very important. It uses smart fabric technology.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
nc : It has an extensive research from hospitals to bio-medical engineers.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
nc : The technology was a challenging part.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
nc : I am looking for international firms that work on similar projects.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
nc : I researched a lot about medical equipments .

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
nc : Thank you. That would be all.