BarnRaise-B-log-Header     Access to quality healthcare is a universal issue. In Chicago, proper healthcare services are still inaccessible to many people. At BarnRaise this year healthcare practitioners, designers, health care administrators, graduate students, and beyond are invited to participate together reexamining the patient user journey in the access to care space with this timely conversation and co-creation of human-centered opportunities for impact. We chat with the co-directors of BarnRaise, Ellie Eberts and Jenni Schneiderman about their experience in design and health care, and what awaits us at BarnRaise this year. Listen to the great chat after the break:  

    Post written by Pritpal S. Tamber   I’m a reductionist at heart so let’s start with a number – 20. This is the percentage that health care contributes to our health, according to Nancy Adler of the University of California, San Francisco. She was writing for...

      Post written by Nancy Cappello, Ph.D   Meet Jan and Cindy -- two women who are similar in several ways. Both are mothers, wives, dutiful and health-conscious patients. Each had a mother with breast cancer; each never missed their yearly mammography screening and, like 40 percent...

  What does it take to do the obvious?   Post written by Susan Mazer, Ph.D.   So much research, and so little traction!  That is what’s been happening with strong data supporting the effective use of music with people with dementia. There is even research that points to the characteristics that music must have to help mitigate anxiety and stress for people with dementia, as well as patients in hospitals.  And, yet, it is still considered an exception to usual and customary care.

What does it take to do the obvious?

  Providers Need to Practice Goal Directed Design   Post written by Joyce Lee   I take care of children with type 1 diabetes in my clinic, and in comparison with other chronic diseases, there is an abundance of health data available about my patients. Blood glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring systems provide anywhere from 4 up to 300+ blood glucose measures a day; insulin is being dosed anywhere from 4 to 12 insulin times a day, and carbohydrate information can be infinite with every meal and snack ingested. Furthermore, at the quarterly medical visits we have with our patients, there are additional measures available like Hemoglobin A1c, a blood test which provides the average blood glucose level over a 3 month period. We as healthcare providers tend to come from scientific and statistical backgrounds, and we have very little training in the psychosocial and emotional management of diabetes. Therefore, we have a tendency to focus on the numeric aspects of diabetes. As a result, the typical interaction that happens between the healthcare provider and the patients and caregivers of individuals with type 1 diabetes goes something like this:

    Post written by Pritpal S Tamber   I was in the Netherlands a few weeks ago and met a small group of people trying to think courageously about the future of health. It was invigorating to see such bravery, often in the face...

  Saving the world one design at a time     After reading former CFI Fellow Samantha Dempsey's article in Scientific America, "How Design Can Improve Health Care for Everyone," we knew we had to connect on Skype and pick her brain! Samantha brings great insight into the worlds between design and health care, working as an Experience Designer for Mad*Pow. She brought some incredible thoughts to the conversation, and we hope you enjoy listening after the break.  
  Health Care Isn't Rocket Science   Post written by Andy DeLao   After spending a day at the Chateau De Versailles at a Design Thinking Bootcamp For Healthcare, my team came back together to go over our interviews, share the stories, write down our observations, and to share any photographs, video, or other items we may have collected as part of our immersion. We then took all of our information and went into another room where we saw this on the wall:
  The Future of Digital Health   Post written by Kay Eron.   Evolving healthcare IT and emerging reimbursement models are driving the current transformation of long-standing care management programs, causing providers to scramble, all in a push to comply with new benchmarks. Managing this transition in a cost-effective and efficient manner has placed greater demands and expectations on emerging technologies and mobile health solutions to help improve clinical performance, care coordination and remote access to patients throughout the entire continuum.
  My Gift of Grace   Common Practice is a platform of products and services developed by The Action Mill, a design and innovation firm focused on improving end of life communication and decision-making. We connected with Lead Designer, Nick Jehlen, to discuss the game, My Gift of Grace, and how this leads to family and strangers alike to start having the conversations around core values and end of life decisions. Listen to our conversation after the break!