Here's a selection of articles from around the web that kept us talking about the current state of the medical industry, ERMs, and user interaction along with some explorations about where the industry is headed, and how design plays a big role in its future.

Empowerment through mobile technology and co-design

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing," Theodore Roosevelt once said in a speech in 1903. MIT senior in computer science Beth Hadley takes these words to heart. In the past academic year she has been a pivotal force behind InstaAid, an iPad application that enables residents at The Boston Home (TBH) to access assistance from any area of the facility, thus increasing their safety and quality of life.

During the fall of 2014, in the course 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT), Hadley and her classmates, senior Laura D'Aquila and junior Tanya Talkar, formed a team with Margaret Marie, a TBH resident, to design an application that transformed the nurse call system at the home... Continue reading at MIT News


How medical tech gave a patient a massive overdose

The nurses and doctors summoned to the hospital room of 16-year-old Pablo Garcia early on the morning of July 27, 2013, knew something was terribly wrong. Just past midnight, Pablo had complained of numbness and tingling all over his body. Two hours later, the tingling had grown worse.

Although Pablo had a dangerous illness—a rare genetic disease called NEMO syndrome that leads to a lifetime of frequent infections and bowel inflammation—his admission to the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center’s Benioff Children’s Hospital had been for a routine colonoscopy, to evaluate a polyp and an area of intestinal narrowing... Continue Reading at Medium


Beware of the Robot Pharmacist

On the afternoon that 16-year-old Pablo Garcia was admitted for a routine colonoscopy to the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center’s Benioff Children’s Hospital — an admission that would later be complicated by a grand mal seizure as a result of a 39-fold overdose of a common antibiotic — Benjamin Chan was working in a small satellite pharmacy on the seventh floor, directly adjacent to the wards.

As the pediatric clinical pharmacist, it was Chan’s job to sign off on all medication orders on the pediatric service. The chain of events that led to Pablo’s catastrophic overdose unfolded quickly. The medication orders from Jenny Lucca, Pablo’s admitting physician, reached Chan’s computer screen moments after Lucca had electronically signed them... Continue reading at Medium


The biggest biotech discovery of the century is about to change medicine forever

On a November evening last year, Jennifer Doudna put on a stylish black evening gown and headed to Hangar One, a building at NASA’s Ames Research Center that was constructed in 1932 to house dirigibles.

Under the looming arches of the hangar, Doudna mingled with celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Diaz and Jon Hamm before receiving the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in life sciences, an award sponsored by Mark Zuckerberg and other tech billionaires... Continue reading at Business Insider


Human-centered automation: keeping EHRs useful for doctors, centered on patients

One of the major complaints you’ll hear about EHRs from clinicians as a solutions provider, is that they distance patient and doctor interactions — bad timing in a healthcare environment that is moving increasingly toward a patient-centered focus.

This article from The Wall Street Journal highlights the detrimental effect increasingly automated healthcare practices and workflows can have on doctor-patient interaction and posits a design-based EHR solution to address the issue... Continue reading at BusinessSolutions


Best practices for medical app development go beyond standard UX

Mobile healthcare app development poses a set of challenges very different from mainstream apps. Not only is security an area that requires a considerable attention, compliance with regulatory standards is also absolutely crucial. Here are things app developers should pay close attention to during the development process.

Focus: A successful mobile medical application should be able to demonstrate clinical benefits and offer real value to its users—whether they are patients, healthcare practitioners, or both. Using medical apps for routine self-monitoring and feedback is a cost-efficient strategy for self-management. The app should have only those functions and features relevant to its audience... Continue reading at UX Magazine


Three shifts transforming the healthcare landscape

The healthcare system in the United States is heading toward a recalibration. Generally, individuals are shouldering more of the financial burden of their healthcare and are more involved in medical decision-making, resulting in rising consumerism. In designing their strategy, industry players should take into consideration three shifts that are helping to transform the healthcare landscape and setting the scene for greater consumer involvement.

Shift one: Market dynamics turn to the consumer. Financial risk in healthcare is shifting from payers and groups to individuals, who now need to pay a greater share of healthcare costs in the form of higher premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance... Continue reading at Quartz