Posted September 7, 2008 by Lygeia Ricciardi
As you know, Project HealthDesign has long been planning an expo for the 17th of September—part showcase of work to date by its grantee teams, part public discussion of a patient-centric vision of the healthcare system of the future… and what it will take to get us there. As the date approaches, the details are falling into place and I, for one, am pretty excited about it.
The speaker lineup is really good—including a keynote by Amy Tenderich, who writes the blog DiabetesMine, “a gold mine of straight talk and encouragement for people living with diabetes”. Personally I’m impressed by Amy’s thoughtful (and often playful) analyses of products, industry trends, social trends, and the day-to-day experience of living with a chronic condition.
Amy has also made some innovative moves as a blogger—like challenging the “Gods of Consumer Design,” and specifically Steve Jobs, of Apple, to create tools for diabetics that are as cool and useable as the iPod. Her open letter evolved into an annual contest—the DiabetesMine Challenge—a competition designed to “foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes.”
Nobody asks for an illness or injury. But Amy has found a way to use technology to create a deep knowledge base, a supportive community, and an engine for change—an amazing resource and inspiration for many readers, even those of us fortunate enough not to be managing diabetes ourselves.
Here’s what Amy has to say about her participation in the Project HealthDesign conference. I hope many of you will be joining us there. Though registration is now full, sessions will be available for download via the web after the fact. I’ll send the details out on the blog when I get them.