Post Written by Dominique Pandy   When Transform presenter Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D. began writing Paying Till It Hurts for the New York Times, health care consumers readily sacrificed their privacy and offered up their own experiences so their stories could be told....

    Post Written By Nitya Chandiramani   “You have been diagnosed with (insert disease).” Those six simple words that physicians so easily declare can transform an individual from a powerful person to a powerless patient. That was the experience encountered by social scientist...

  Connecting the dots in healthcare social media   Social media in healthcare has, and continues to, radically transform the industry by making old boundaries disappear and connecting people who previously could have never connected before. When Twitter was in it's infancy, Audun Utengen (former Transform presenter) and some friends started to see the potential in utilizing this communication tool, and started cataloging conversations that were taking place by specific hashtags throughout the Twitter sphere. With over 6,000 health-related hashtags now being tracked and searchable, Symplur has become an invaluable resource to connect patients and providers around the world in ways previously unseen. Twitter chats with patients connecting over rare diseases, Journal clubs for providers to learn together, conversations from every area of the globe are put together and saved on Symplur's platform that is free to explore. But don't take our word for it, listen to our conversation with Audun after the break.
MK Czerwiec, a Transform 2013 presenter, is back again with our very own Nic Breutzman, to illustrate how comics work in the patient-provider relationship. MK has been living the mission of using comics as a tool in health care as a tool for communication and healing, and the comic below does the talking best.   MK 1

    Post Written By UMR Writer Haley Pysick   “Culture eats strategy over breakfast” states writer Peter Drucker. While cultural constructs help to develop the United States into its own unique society, it also stifles the development of new ideas and innovation from...

Showcasing how People power health. Guest Post by Fitsi Health Co-Founder Caroline Puri.  
  I was home for a long weekend visiting my mom, an acute care nurse who taught first year nursing students. Talking in the kitchen one afternoon, she started telling me her idea for a new healthcare product. “One thing that has always bothered me is that patients can’t clean their hands on their own. Nurses never have enough time to help them and patients don’t think to ask for help. Patients use the bedpan at night, fall asleep and then when breakfast is delivered in the morning with their medications they don’t clean their hands before eating and putting pills in their mouth.”

  When I (AJ) stumbled upon this quote the other day, it hit me that this really hits what our job is in health care, and working through service design and design thinking to transform the experience and deliver of health...

    When you are managing your prescriptions and day-to-day life happens, you can't always rely on your memory. Especially with certain prescriptions. This was the hard lesson the founders of Medisafe discovered when their father, forgetting he had already taken his...

    It may seem a little out of the ordinary, a healthcare presentation at a design conference, but CFI designer Allison Matthews and primary care provider Marc Matthews presented at the Oslo Systemic Design Conference at the Oslo School of Architecture and...

"When we name and shame the thing that has held us back, we'll be off to the races." Lauren Taylor     Speaking at Transform 2014, Lauren Taylor, co-author of “The American Health Care Paradox,” broke down the common notion that healthcare equals health. Referencing various health challenges and community initiatives, Taylor stated that without recognizing health at a community level, we will not improve health overall. This quote was one of many of our favorites from her talk. You can watch the whole talk after the break!