Co-Designing for Better Health

Olin College is convening a one-day Innovation Lab, to teach how to co-design better experiences for all involved in consuming and delivering health care.

Olin College and its sponsors—athenahealth, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Children’s Hospital Innovation Program and—MadPow are seeking a diverse group of participants to attend this highly interactive learning opportunity.

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, nurses, support staff, patients, patient families, insurers, medical start-ups, government health officials and advocates are invited to register. Wherever you sit in the health care system, your experience has deep value in a human-centered design model.

  • Are you a physician trying to improve patient communication?
  • A patient who wants to make the system easier to navigate for others?
  • An insurer trying to make medical bills more understandable?
  • A technologist developing an application for better management of a disease?

Speakers & Program

The Innovation Lab starts with inspirational stories from the front lines, including:

Sara Hendren, an artist and design researcher, who co-designs adaptive and assistive technologies for people;

Kim Goodwin, an experienced health care designer who has designed everything from medical records to glucose meters, and now focuses on technology to connect patients on their medical journeys; and

Michael Docktor, a pediatric gastroenterologist who is passionate about using technology to educate, communicate and engage with his young patients and their families.

Participants will then engage in a Co-Design 101 session led by Olin-trained facilitators, followed by an afternoon working in small teams to design for real health care problems. Learning how to catalyze change through co-design has the potential to vastly improve the current system of care, and it’s easy to get started.

Our goal is to give participants actionable takeaways for applying co-design in their own organizations and to connect potential collaborators with each other.​


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Event Info

Date & Time: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
311 Arsenal Street