• HELIX director Ara Darzi writes in the society pages of today’s Guardian newspaper about some of our healthcare innovation projects and the broader potential for a design-led approach to improving healthcare.

    Lord Darzi says “Design was never mentioned when I was at medical school. Yet is has a huge amount to contribute to improving healthcare”.

    The striking photo the Guardian have chosen for this piece of a glam rocker playing air guitar relates to our project Zilli. Zilli is a card game that encourages physical activity by challenging players to compete with silly actions to win each round. Air guitar is a favourite of these activities, along with ‘walking like a bear’, ‘zombie walk’ and ‘be a tree’. Zilli was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and is available to buy on Amazon.

  • Lord Darzi also describes our asthma management app Floot that helps children to manage their peak flow readings and record their asthma attacks, enabling better management of the condition.

    Its not all about children, we have recently launched a new communication tool for breast cancer patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Called a ‘Care Map’, it aims to make the cancer treatment journey less daunting and more accessible, giving an overview of the ‘people, places and processes’ of their care.

    Read the article on the Guardian website here.