Alissa Rees is a Dutch designer and entrepreneur. Her website at alissarees.com is both a portfolio capturing her amazing eye for beautiful well created products and a portal into how she’s making her mark changing the world with technology.
Rees is driven by her idea to “humanize the hospital”. Blending her experience as a Leukemia patient completely in remission and a designer with a bold eye for innovation her products are designed to give a more human experience to the hospital. Where many companies, startups, entrepreneurs and designers focus on patient care, Rees focuses on patient life, and there is quite the distinction.
It all starts with IV Walk. As a leukemic Rees spent many days chained to a cold, metal IV pole. Anyone who has been a patient with an IV pole knows that lines get caught on things, wheels roll over feet, they clang and sometimes that walk around the unit is too agonizing just because you have to tote the pole around with you.
Rees has turned the IV pole into a soft and flexible accessory that hides the “medical” equipment making it more personal. It also makes it much easier for patients to move about. The IV Walk allows patients who need IV transfused drugs on a regular basis to walk around, go outside, or even go back to work while the IV is working. Rees has added wifi connectivity so that the disbursement of medication can be remotely monitored by nurses.
IV Walk is currently in development and will be launched at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. In addition to IV Walk, Rees has 20 more designs for ideas that will humanize the hospital, including Hospichic a set of four elements that enable an atmospheric dinner in a hospital setting.
Rees was struck with Leukemia at 19 a pivotal age in a young woman’s life. One of her other designs is a set of baby farm toys that can be filled with soil, straw and wool, valuable microbes that babies in hospitals or city settings don’t readily have access to.
You can step into the world of humanizing the hospital at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #51522 and see Alissa’s work at alissarees.com
Check out more of our CES 2018 Eureka Park coverage here.