I would like to officially announce the first healthcare experience design conference! It will be held in Boston at the Fairmont Copley Hotel on April 11th.
Mad*Pow and Claricode have partnered to put together this conference. Why? There are so many of us in the field trying to make the world a better place through design. Where these efforts have the most potential to affect the human condition is the healthcare space.
Every day, we consider the fact that our products and designs could bring someone to tears, cause them to be overjoyed, cause them to face the reality of death, help them support a loved one, or help them change their lives.
We aren't just building spaceships here. What we are doing is harder. We are building vessels that have the capacity to encourage, motivate and educate thousands.
Needless to say, this job is certainly not one for the meager. We need to be extraordinary.
Designers, strategists, and technologists working in healthcare are grappling with old technology, small budgets, ever changing needs, and highly politicized environments. Yet they care. They consider the patient. They are trying to achieve better outcomes, help people become healthier, and reduce the cost of healthcare delivery. They are excellent communicators. They are invested in making a difference, pushing the envelope and doing things right.
The speakers we are selecting are folks that share their perspective, insights, and ideas around what's important, what they have seen work, what they have seen fail, and what the future may hold. They will inspire us and provide meaningful knowledge that we can take back and use to fuel the work we do every day, and educate our own organizations.
We will be announcing speakers over the next few weeks. The first keynote that we are announcing is Jamie Heywood, CEO of PatientsLikeMe. His company is doing some incredible things and he has spoken at TED. At our conference he will be keying in on how the power is in the hands of designers to help change the industry.
The purpose of this conference is to get all of us together, to learn, to share, to collaborate and to be inspired. The ultimate goal is to set an agenda that we can collectively work toward. There is power in numbers and we believe we can create a movement that propels us all forward.
I hope that you'll join us.
We will be announcing speakers over the coming weeks and you can sign up for updates at: www.hxdconf.com