The physical environment where chemotherapy treatments are conducted can be stressful and affect the emotional and mental wellbeing of patients. How can we change the sensorial atmosphere of these environments to reduce stress, anxiety and depression symptoms experiences by some patients?
alite* is a speculative device that transforms clinical environments by converting clinical sounds into lights that notify staff the different stages of the chemotherapy process. It consists of two devices: the first one connects to the I.V drip bag that administers the medicine to monitor the process using a colour light code; this element sends notifications to a second device worn by nurses to let them know which operation they are required to do. Replacing clinical sounds with colour therapy, alite aims to improve patient experiences and assist healthcare professionals in providing a faster and calmer service for patients.
*alite was developed in collaboration with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and RMIT Health Transformation Lab