Weekly Blog #2 Design approaches

In this week’s classes, we have learnt about health in the scopes of digital technologies and designs.

As Lupton said in her article Digital Health Care (2018), digital technologies are increasingly utilised on contemporary health care.

This changes many things in the way medical procedures and examinations are done. For example:

  • Ultrasound for scanning patient bodies
  • Artificial skins, prosthetic parts
  • Wireless monitoring of various types of body conditions such as heart rate

The impact digital technologies bring to us, health care providers and health care itself is enormous, but not just within the health and medical domains.

A great example from the week’s discussions was the implementation of the Australian government’s own online medical and health information record called My Health Record. It seems a great tool for health professionals and schools because they will be able to access students and patients’ previous medical records very easily. However, on the other aspects of health, such as privacy and social environment factors, the data will not be completely safe and they are vulnerable to be used in malicious acts. Another example can be the invasive nature of some medical tests using digital technologies, such as examinations and surgeries for the intestines.

Thus, as educators, we need to be aware of the risks and inform students about the impact it can bring to them.


During class, we had created a completely fictional digital health technology device which is a tab that can be put onto your tongue and it will change the taste sense to make food taste desirable.

It is created while thinking about people with special dietary requirements like vegetarians. Lupton’s various blog posts (2017) talked about design technologies and approaches, which refers to a problem solving method through a design-based approach. Thus, with particular knowledge and skills in mind, we created a human-centred digital technology.

Moving on, design-based thinking is important for me and health education, because students are required to make and plan their own health strategies. In conjunction with Bloom’s taxonomy, design-based approaches to health education is very similar to it. Such as application of knowledge in other situations and create new information using own understandings.




Lupton, D. (forthcoming 2018). Digital Health Care.  In G. Scambler (Ed.), Sociology as applied to health and medicine (7th ed.)  London: Palgrave.

Lupton, D. (2017, April 21). Design Sociology part 2: terms and approaches [Web blog post].  Retrieved from https://simplysociology.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/design-sociology-part-2-terms-and-approaches/

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