The Next Wave In Patient Safety? #resiliencemed

Resilience Engineering in HealthcareHealthcare is not a machine to be oiled. It is not something that can be shaved, and tweaked, and optimized to a point of lean flawlessness.

Rather, healthcare is a complex-adaptive system. As such, it’s models for safety and efficiency cannot (indeed must not) rely on the “retrospectoscope” of hindsight. And it certainly, must not name-blame-shame-and-train when handling error or inefficiency. Resilience Engineering may well be the cutting edge of patient safety science. Here’s how you can participate… More

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Good Design, Bad Design – 3 Must-Know Principles

Human Factors and Design - Did You Ever Pull on a Push Door?Have you ever pulled on a door when you should have pushed? How about hitting “Reply to All” when you meant to send it to only one person? Have you ever found yourself having to “think too much” when trying to complete a simple task?

Well, check out this video. It’s not your fault… More

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Innovation and Facility Design Workshop

Innovation and Strategic Design for HealthcareThe patients are sicker. There’s fewer staff. Technology is outpacing your facility’s ability to adopt it. Data management systems are being revamped. The Emergency Department is over-capacity. And in the midst of all of this, you must be prepared for larger scale emergency. Such is the plight of ED Directors everywhere.

So, you want a re-design. You want an overhaul. Well, guess what? You’ve got one shot… a one-time opportunity to employ evidence-based physical design strategies. The Center For Health Design and MI2 hear you. More

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Another Cool Example of Biomimicry in Healthcare Innovation

Biomimicry and Health Innovations - Another Cool ExampleBiomimicry comes from bio- and mimesis, literally “to imitate life”. Biomimicry is a structured look at how the natural world has solved problems or created opportunities and attempting to apply those strategies to design, engineering, invention, health and wellness, and more.

Often thought of as a “new” discipline, technically, it is actually quite ancient. Much of how we learn comes from mimicking. And indeed, many developments throughout medical history have come from mimicking nature – the natural world within ourselves and outside of our own species. More

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Can Games Help Cure Disease?

Games As Health Innovations?Can games help us prevent or cure disease? Improve patient compliance? Make a safer health environment? Or improve medical education?

In this TED MED talk, Steve Cole from HopeLab discusses cancer therapy and the game Remission. Watch this video and explore the role of play and games in health innovation. More

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No Innovation Without…

Health Innovations - There Are None Without...Watch innovators from Twitter, FourSquare, MakerBot, ShopKick, Deviant Art, Adafruit Technologies, and more as they discuss innovation and its one essential ingredient, common to all innovation.

There is no change, no reform, no betterment, no genius, no artistry, no brilliance, and no innovation without… More

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Biomimicry and Innovation – The Anticrobial Secrets of Shark Skin

Sometimes, in order to find the best solutions, we need to look no further than nature itself. Researchers from a variety of disciplines have tapped into this idea and are busy at work studying sharks.

Mimicking sharks seems only natural when you consider the marvel of their design. With a hydrodynamic shape, water moves smoothly over the More

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