There is significant evidence and many examples of how design can stimulate healthy behavior and improve overall health. We see this at many different levels, from the design of cities, individual buildings or workspaces, down to the information systems used (Handy 2002). The physical environment has been shown to have an impact on the prevention of obesity and its associated adverse health consequences (NTFPTO, 2000) and though there are many studies about the impact of health IT, the field of design in health IT is still nascent.
Many organizations have created guides such as AHRQ's Designing Consumer Health IT: A Guide for Developers and Systems Designers (link below), but our field has struggled to apply these practices.
To discuss design and its impact, we are fortunate to have an exceptional group of panelists joining us for this virtual Expert Panel from June 1-5:
• Joseph Cafazzo, PhD PEng, Lead for the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, and Senior Director of UHN Healthcare Human Factors
• Amy Cueva, Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Mad*Pow, founder of Mad*Pow’s Health Experience Design Conference, HxRefactored
• Zach Landis-Lewis, PhD, MLIS, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh
• Alvin Marcelo, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Health Informatics, University of the Philippines Manila and Chair, Asia eHealth Information Network
• Anjali Sastry, PhD, Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
During the discussion, panelists will share their thoughts on the following questions:
• When does the design of a project end, and how do you know if it's successful?
• How will you know if you've designed it right?
• How do you incorporate design to try and make your implementation more likely to succeed?
• How do you get people to buy in to the fact that this is important and should be funded?
This panel is part of our US Communities Initiative, which is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and aims to foster discussions between health care professionals on evidence-based practices, and translating these practices across disparate settings, to improve healthcare delivery in underserved populations in the US.
In an effort to understand the impact of our Expert Panels, we have created a short (4 question) survey. Your responses are greatly appreciated—please take the survey before the discussion begins: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W9KNSJ6
As with all GHDonline panel discussions, we hope you’ll chime in with questions, comments and descriptions of your own work. We look forward to a rich discussion!