Hello.

I am a Physician Scientist and Designer who believes that patient-centered participatory design is critical for achieving transformation of the healthcare system. I combine design with the tools of informatics and quality improvement to create learning health systems. I was recently named the Robert P. Kelch, MD Research Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.  

DESIGN & THE MAKER MOVEMENT 

My design work focuses on a patient-driven participatory approach to healthcare research and clinical care delivery. I am co-conspirator of Healthdesignby.us, a collaborative innovation network committed to patient-centered participatory design and bringing the "maker movement" to healthcare. The Maker movement is a do it yourself technology-based movement that espouses creativity and tinkering in community settings. Learn more about the meaning and spirit of the maker movement in my blogpost about the We #MakeHealth Fest. We are are very fortunate to have our work recognized by the University of Michigan School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Please join us!

My TedX Detroit Talk:

 
 

RESEARCH

My research in diabetes focuses on learning health systems, online health communities, mobile technology/data visualization, and diabetes biomarkers. I am working with the CGM in the Cloud and Nightscout community to help create a patient-designed future for diabetes research. We would love your involvement so please sign up here! We just published a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association about about the Nightscout Project, which is a living example of the power of maker movement. 

http://app.jamanetwork.com/?doi=10.1001/jama.2016.1903  Access free version by registering

http://app.jamanetwork.com/?doi=10.1001/jama.2016.1903  Access free version by registering

WRITING

I publish academic papers, and I blog about the the intersection of health, technology, and design at Medium. You can view some highlights of my blogposts here. Here is one of my favorite posts: A Language of Design for Healthcare - Part 1: Low Lego Literacy?

SPEAKING

I speak at design and innovation conferences (TedX Detroit, Cusp Conference, Stanford Medicine X), healthcare/academic centers (Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, Brown, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Stanford), federal agencies (Food and Drug Administration) and regional, national, and international healthcare conferences (Detroit Healthcare Leaders Forum, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, World Diabetes Congress). See examples and videos of my talks here. My talk about Nightscout Research at the Quantified Self Public Health Symposium just came out! 

Upcoming Talks/Workshops

SOCIAL MEDIA

I spend time as a researcher and healthcare professional on social media. Check out my Twitter Superuser Guide for Healthcare Professionals and Researchers

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