Author Archives: Laura Montini

Co-design in Health Care: from Idea-Generation to Decision Making

A few months ago I wrote a post for a conference on health and design (MedLove) about the importance of process in designing for health care. Starting with the Double Diamond from the Design Council I made the case for … Continue reading

A Look Back — Ask the Experts Q&A with Health Care Developers

  Last fall Health 2.0 held a Q&A session for developers at the company’s annual conference. Since Health:Refactored, a code- and design-focused two day event, is fast approaching, here’s a look back at the panel. Several of the members will … Continue reading

Georgia Tech Develops Sensor System to Research Health Impacts of Blasts

When a bomb explodes, it sets in motion high impact waves, which alone can cause damage to people or even solid structures nearby. First comes the blast wave, or over-pressurized air that travels away from the explosion faster than the … Continue reading

Roni Zeiger Talks about His New Startup Smart Patients

Roni Zeiger, former chief health strategist at Google, is now CEO of Smart Patients. In this conversation at TEDMED 2013, Zeiger described his new startup as an online community for cancer patients and caregivers. But what sets it apart, he … Continue reading

Seattle Children’s Opens New Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Unit

Seattle Children’s Hospital recently opened the Building Hope Expansion, an addition to its main campus, which includes a cancer unit designed for teens and young adult patients. This section of the addition has 16 new beds where patients will have access … Continue reading

Do Physicians Make the Best Entrepreneurs?

Startups founded by physicians make uniquely important contributions to medical device development, according to a recent study published in the May edition of Medical Care. Before reading too far into the study results, it’s important to note that study talks … Continue reading

Gaming Challenge Heads into Phase II: Make it Work

Last year two Johns Hopkins University medical students got on stage at Health Datapalooza III and accepted a $100,000 check. Since then, many have heard of the duo’s company called Symcat. The Symcat app, an online symptom checker, was the … Continue reading

It Is Your Damn Data. You Can Use it for Personal and Public Good.

“Give us our damn data!” – It’s a common refrain from patients who want access to their medical records. Many assume they are entitled to information so intensely personal, learning too late that obtaining them is … a process. The errors, … Continue reading

An Afternoon with the HAPIfork

Note: there is an audio file embedded in this post. If the player doesn’t appear, try loading the post in a different browser, or listen here.  On an afternoon this week I gathered with the HAPILABS team along with fellow tech … Continue reading

The Public Votes! Votes for Health Care!

This Saturday we opened voting to the public, giving the people a chance to select the designs they like best for the Patient Portal for New Yorkers. The Patient Portal will be a highly secure website allowing New Yorkers to … Continue reading

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