HxR Design Award Winners 2016 – Harken Health
The healthcare industry is in the midst of a great deal of disruption and change. We are trying to heal the pain, incrementally improve the situation, and explore how the latest innovations in technology can help people care for themselves and improve the care they receive. We know that technology isn’t always the answer – sometimes it either doesn’t solve the issue or introduces more issues than it solves . How can we work together to deliver meaningful change? Human-centered design can provide us with the method. It starts with a deep understanding of and empathy for the people we serve as it provides the necessary information and inspiration to direct our efforts in the right places. We can leverage motivational psychology to design systems that engage and empower as opposed to control. We can work within our organization to make the changes that need to be made in order to bring a fundamentally improved experience of health to the marketplace, by fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration.
The conventional approach to weight loss, based on the calorie balance model, offers the simple advice, “eat less and move more.” Unfortunately, few people can maintain weight loss over the long term through calorie restriction because the body fights back, with rising hunger and slowing metabolism. An alternative approach to treatment aims to target the underlying driver of weight gain – fat cells overstimulated to hoard too many calories – leading to weight loss with less struggle.
HxRefactored announced the first annual Design for Health Award! This award showcased the product that provides an amazing user experience for a patient, provider, researcher, or other stakeholder. The winners were PokitDok and UrgentConsult.
In an industry focused on fixing issues of its own creation, Amy addressed the question, “how can we ensure a focus on the individual and address their unmet needs?”
Amy Cueva is always happy to step up and spread the word about the importance of human-centered design, Amy and her design agency Mad*Pow have partnered with Health 2.0 to host HxRefactored.
The heads of Health 2.0 and Mad*Pow will introduce you to the future of health care design and development.