This week, the fellows are coming back from spring break and heading straight to Boston for HXRefactored, a conference focused on improving healthcare experiences through technology and design. Be sure to follow our experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the week, but until then, here’s a quick word from each fellow about what we’re most excited about!
May: “I am excited that topics that are being covered, for example, marketing, content, social media and start up university, align perfectly with were we are in the fellowship. Usually when we attend conferences we gain great insight to think about as we progress, but this time we will be able to use our learnings immediately after the conference.”
Jake: “I am really looking forward to the HxRefactored conference. It is one of the first design focused conferences we have been able to attend, and I can’t wait to meet some of the speakers and see how they envision improving design in healthcare. I am also familiar with MadPow Consulting's portfolio, and they are one of the main sponsors of the event. I think it will be very enlightening to talk to some of their team about the current chronic care system and some potential solutions to different areas of friction that we noted during our fellowship.”
Amanda: “What’s so compelling about HXRefactored is that it’s really focused on looking at the human experience in healthcare from a 360° perspective. This focus is really clear in the agenda and speakers at the conference. Sure, there are conversations about policy and really high tech solutions to the challenges we’re facing in our healthcare system, but there are also conversations about the role of storytelling and the arts in healthcare. I think it’s going to be a really well-rounded conversation—the kind we need to keep having if we’re going to make significant progress.”
Dan: “I'm excited to attend the HxR Conference for the opportunity to spend time with innovators who understand that healthcare cannot be improved without first considering the human experience. Throughout the fellowship, we have routinely discussed the importance of this in designing for individuals living with type 2 diabetes. As thinking about new approaches to longstanding problems is a core component of Health for America, I am most excited for the session entitled New Models for Care Delivery. Furthermore, as HxR brings us to Boston (where I lived and worked before moving to DC for the fellowship) I'm very much looking forward to catching up with friends in town when we have some free time to explore the city after the conference.”