Amy Cueva, founder and health care principal for experience design firm Mad*Pow, wants to improve health care through the application of design. Her company sponsors a one-day conference in Boston, Healthcare Experience Design (HxD); this year’s edition takes place March 25 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Boston, MA.
The Healthcare Experience Design Conference (HxD 2013) explores the overlap of healthcare and design – an area of interest of mine. Speakers will discuss how human centered design and design thinking can improve the quality of health service delivery and digital interactions, helping all of us achieve better health. HxD has a decidedly health IT focus, as well as a patient engagement strategies segment. Jamie Heywood, co-founder of PatientsLikeMe.com, will headline this year’s HxD, as will Walking Gallery painter Regina Holliday. In this podcast, we sat down with Cueva and asked her what health care providers’ IT leadership can expect out of the conference.
Here’s how HxD co-founder, Amy Cueva, describes the conference:
“The theme of HxD 2013 is well-being as the foundation for health. Speakers will discuss how life–the messy stuff, the real stuff–can either support or interfere with our ability to care for ourselves and our families. We’ll ask: How does life management, stress management, relationships, emotions, sleep, and other factors affect our health? How can this thinking be woven into our solutions? What is our role in helping people achieve a fuller sense of well-being?
At HxD 2013, we’ll explore behavior change, public health and health literacy, care experiences, managing chronic conditions, design innovation, research and design methods, and case studies. The voice of the patient will be loud and clear – designers who have battled disease will share how it’s changed the way they approach their work. You’ll even have the chance to tell your own patient story.”
Here’s the list of speakers for this year’s conference (click on the image to enlarge it):
For more information about the conference, go to http://www.healthcareexperiencedesign.com.