Technology and Knowledge


Open and Inclusive Healthcare for Citizens Based on Digital Fabrication

Open healthcare for people with physical limitations

Careables (provided by the Made4You project consortium) facilitated co-design of open healthcare for people with physical limitations. People’s needs regarding their physical limitations are personal, subjective and diversified. To customize healthcare solutions, a process of personalization is needed, which cannot be provided through the prevailing industrial focus of ‘one size fits all’. Careables aimed to build an ecosystem, linking existing local communities of citizens with disabilities and their families, healthcare professionals and makers and establish collaboration between these separate communities to develop their own open-source and license interventions.

By providing access to open source and digital fabrication tools we enabled citizens with disabilities and healthcare professionals to co-produce solutions that are tailored to their special needs or disabilities, bypassing the limitations of the classical industrial production. Through open exchange of knowledge, case stories and manuals we fostered an emerging ecosystem. Standards and guidelines allowed anyone to replicate formats everywhere, considering the socio-technical aspects as well as relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, quality standards, intellectual property rights implications, security, safety and privacy issues.

The long-term goal was to affiliate a community of designers, users, fablabs and makerspaces who develop similar projects and replicate events and activities to a knowledge-sharing platform that aims to achieve mass adoption and global impact.

Careables is coordinated by ZSI. 


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Tags: accessibility, ageing society, health, ICT, makers, open access, open innovation

Type: Research

Program: H2020

Submission Date: 04/2017

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 01/2018 - 12/2020

Project Duration: 36 months


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