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 collaborative innovation networks, and the application of emerging technologies (mobile technology, data visualizations, digital games, and social media to improve outcomes in diabetes.
- I believe that patient-centered design and integration of 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, my TEDx Detroit Talk "Participatory Design and the Making of Health", and my Edge Talk for the Horizons Group of NHS England "The Maker Movement: A Model for Healthcare Transformation?".
I publish academic papers and I blog about design, healthcare, and innovation. Check out my post in Fast Company Design, "Why is Health Care Design So Terrible?" and a recent post about the design of the Epipen: The Role of Metaphor in Design which was featured in a Propublica piece about design.
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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. The Maker Movement: A Model for Healthcare Transformation? is one of my most recent talks.
My Upcoming Talks/Workshops
- Harnessing Social Media for Diabetes Research, Diabetes Technology Meeting 2016
I spend time as a researcher and healthcare professional on social media. Check out my Twitter Superuser Guide for Healthcare Professionals and Researchers.