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Reimagining Health, Technology and Design

Future healthcare innovation successes will be defined by the experience they
deliver to patients, caregivers, and physicians in hospitals, homes and
at retail. New technologies such as mobile apps, wearable sensors, and
social networks, are converging with new expectations and needs to
create new business models for healthcare experiences. But imagine a far more extreme transformation, in which advances in information technology, biology and engineering allow us to move much of health care out of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, and into our everyday lives. Inspired by ideas and innovations emerging from university research labs, clinical innovation centers, start-ups and large companies, how can we use design and new technologies to bridge the gaps between the research and the delivery of innovative healthcare ideas – and how are start-ups and new business models both redefined and reinvigorated by this? Kevin O’Malley of the Commonwealth Club will moderate.

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  1. How can the burgeoning consumer health revolution enlist the rapidly growing network of inventors, academics and entrepreneurs who share a passion for empowering individuals to take control of their health – including the “Quantified Self” movement, that is reminiscent of the Homebrew Computer Club, whose members helped spawn Apple and other companies in the early days of the personal computing revolution?
  2. What are the right design process questions and how best to answer: getting to the right questions, using co-creation tools to elicit deep understanding, iterative prototyping, understanding development challenges through case-studies, how to look at problems before the prototype appears, the challenges at each step and examples of how this is working and where this approach is most critical over the next few years; – and how to engage participants in how to do this in their own organizations?
  3. How can we create a “digital nervous system”: inconspicuous wireless sensors worn on your body and placed in your home would continuously monitor your vital signs and track the daily activities that affect your health, software that could analyze and visually represent this data would enable you to truly understand the impact of your behavior on your health and suggest changes to help prevent illness?
  4. What would it look like to have an office visit where you and your doctor would sit side by side in front of a large touch screen that would display a conceptual animation of what was going on inside your body – and decisions like choice of medication and dosing schedules would be made collaboratively with your doctor, and treatment regimens would be synchronized to apps on your phone that would make the task of following doctor’s orders — all too often neglected — easy and even fun?
  5. What can we learn from case studies informing this process -- including robotics telepresence developers, drug delivery systems, diabetes management providers, and health and wellness gamification?



Scott Stropkay, Co-Founder and Partner, Essential

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