(Video via Fortune, gif by Roberto Torres)
The systemic problems of healthcare delivery in 2019 should be addressed by borrowing a page from the design world.
That’s been a central theme in Dr. Bon Ku’s career, both in his role as a practicing emergency medicine physician and as assistant dean for health and design at Philly’s Thomas Jefferson University. Earlier this month in Singapore, at the 2019 Fortune Brainstorm Design, Ku once again stumped for the potential of design in healthcare.
“Like all of us in this room I believe that good design is good business, but I also believe that good design is good medicine,” Ku said. “We can make healthcare better by design.”
Ku alludes to the ubiquity of fax machines in healthcare settings to highlight the fact that healthcare doesn’t have a technology problem, but a design one.
“Electronic Health Records (EHRs) were supposed to revolutionize healthcare, instead they have crushed the souls of physicians,” Ku said. “Emergency room doctors like myself make 4,000 clicks on a keyboard during a shift. The design of EHRs is so bad that doctors in the U.S. blame them as one of the major factors for burning out.”
It was Ku who pitched Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College on a program that would train medical students in design thinking, in a bid to bring practitioners into the design space. That program is today known as JeffDESIGN, and routinely holds hackathons and pitch competitions.
“Healthcare suffers from a lack of creativity,” said Ku. “There’s a misconception that if you’re a creative type then you’re never going to go into healthcare. I believe that making people healthier is a creative pursuit.”
Here’s the full the talk (including a surprising fact about rectal thermometers):
On-demand design startup Penji is moving from Camden to Philadelphia
Iterate, fast, feedback: 3 things to know about lean product design
Why this dev planted roots at The Philadelphia Inquirer after starting her career abroad
Packed with growth opportunities, WSFS Bank moves into Philly
Design Slam 2019 sketches digital and analog solutions for Philly immigrants
Two Philly companies are joining an accelerator inside the ‘largest medical complex in the world’
How this design company is becoming the go-to for Philly’s startup community
How ShopRunner’s mentorship program is pushing its employees to think beyond their fields
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia