Health Events Sponsored by Rice University

Friday, April 27, 2018


Health/Design is a one-day event taking place at Rice University in Houston, Texas on Friday, April 27, 2018 that brings together leading design thinkers in healthcare to explore the value of human-centered creative approaches in solving complex problems in healthcare.

Nationally acclaimed thought leaders including Bon Ku (Jefferson University), Joyce Lee(University of Michigan), Dana Lewis (Open APS), Matt Trowbridge (University of Virginia), Dennis Boyle (IDEO), Upali Nanda (HKS), Stacey Chang (Design Institute for Health, Dell Medical School), Tammy Cupit & Rachel Murphy (UTMB MakerHealth Space), and others will discuss how and why they work to bring design practices to healthcare settings.

As stakeholders working from inside of their institutions to bring the “outside” practice of design thinking into the clinic, our presenters will share their views on why it is necessary to bring creative problem solving into medicine, and what they have seen come out of these experiments that is unique, valuable, and currently absent from medical practice. What if design thinking were considered a required clinical competency? What new kinds of doctors might emerge? How might those doctors engage differently with their patients? How might those doctors – and patients – engage differently with the emerging challenges of our healthcare system?

This day-long program organized by the Medical Futures Lab will include a series of presentations along with hands-on design learning that tackles a core challenge for medicine in the age of big data: how to bridge the data-driven practices of evidence-based medicine with the patient-centered practices of empathic listening and integration of the patient story into healthcare practice.

Register here.