Better Outcomes By Design   Post Written by Philip Kersten   Thinking disruptively is not something society typically encourages--or rewards. The desire to change something that already works is an odd drive that has been opposed by those of the mindset that if something isn’t broken it shouldn’t be fixed. However, this desire to change--and improve upon--current models of an existing system is exactly what the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI) encourages and hopes to cultivate.
  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

    Guest Post by Transform 2013 Presenter, Susan Mazer   Last week, we had a two-hour company wide meeting going over our health plan options for the coming year. While the premiums went up slightly, the coverage is better. In fact, the good news is that,...

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    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...

  A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy from our friend Joseph Babaian @joebabaian   The conflict felt when choosing what can be done, what must be done, and what should be done in healthcare ever present. We regularly find ourselves in highly emotional situations dealing...

  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...