I am a Physician, Designer, and Researcher, and the Robert P. Kelch, MD, Research Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.  I create learning health systems using the methods of clinical informatics, quality improvement, and patient-centered participatory design. My research focuses on the the design and development of mobile technology, data visualizations, and game design to improve outcomes in diabetes. I believe that the integration of participatory design and the maker movement into healthcare is critical for its transformation.  


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 check out the Diabetes Emoticons App

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I am a clinical/translational researcher who combines the tools of design, informatics, and quality improvement to create learning health systems, collaborates with online health communities through the use of mobile technology and social media, and studies biomarkers for chronic disease risk in overweight and obese children. 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


I blog about design, healthcare, and innovation, and I publish academic papers. Check out my post in Fast Company Design, "Why is Health Care Design So Terrible?"  



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. Below is my recent Edge talk for the NHS Horizons group: titled The Maker Movement: A Model for Healthcare Transformation? 


Upcoming Talks/Workshops

  • Harnessing Social Media for Diabetes Research, Diabetes Technology Meeting 2016
  • Design Thinking Inside Out, Panel Presentation, Stanford MedX 2016


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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