design in healthcare

Fight the Gravitational Pull of the System



Post written by Center for Innovation Designer, Rose Anderson


Earlier this year, backlit by the light-saber windows of the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center, Meredith DeZutter and I spoke about “fighting the gravitational pull” of the current health care system.

We were invited to the 11th annual Code Freeze symposium by the University of Minnesota's Software Engineering Center and DevJam to contribute our take on “Disruptive Innovation.”  The packed program hosted serial entrepreneurs like Larry Lukis, makers like Robert Gallup, and others who are exploring nanomaterials, the Internet of Things and new programming languages. Ray Arell, Director of Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching, kicked off the day with strategies for accelerating innovation, including safe-to-fail experiments.

We were excited to follow up with stories from the Center for Innovation’s safe-to-fail experiments that have uncovered opportunities to increase patients’ access to specialists and to provide new ways for patients, caregivers, and providers to see, make, and act on health care decisions together.

We also continued the conversation we began at Transform 2015. We highlighted how the current norms, assumptions, and incentives of today’s system make health care innovation so challenging.  This “gravitational pull” causes us to look in the wrong places for solutions, to accept limiting constraints that may actually be self-imposed, and to dismiss promising ideas that just don’t fit into current organizational structures or measures of success.


Check out the slides from the presentation below: