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Worrell was honored to be an official sponsor of the recent Body Computing Conference, held at the University of Southern California. The conference drew together representatives from some of the biggest names in the medical and technology industries to discuss the “brave new world of connected healthcare, in which medicine, engineering, communications, and entertainment are synthesized into a new paradigm.”
The conversation aimed at addressing some of the most challenging and inspiring questions facing us as we look ahead to an era of fully integrated healthcare. Who will be the leaders in this new paradigm? What will be the technologies and business models that bring us there? How will these impact our day-to-day lives?
Kai Worrell was invited by the University to speak at the event, at a panel discussion on “The Design Interface between the Patient and the Healthcare Provider.” The topic was one that Worrell has significant experience with, thanks to our 35 years in designing medical technologies. We recently applied this experience in the design of a concept technology that was unveiled at the conference. The concept, called Pathway, is a series of web powered devices that will compile, save and update medical records and coordinate educational resources in a patient- and physician-friendly way, bringing both parties to the table in the management of medical records.
To understand the need for this device and its potential, take a few minutes to watch our short film, Design We Can All Live With. Documentarians were on hand at Worrell headquarters for our initial brainstorm on the development of the device. We also invited Hugo Campos, a cardiac device patient and patient advocate, and Dr. Gilanthony Ungab, a thought-leading cardiac electrophysiologist, to offer their own perspectives in the discussion. The film shows the dialogue between our team, Campos and Ungab as we explore the challenges of the patient care pathway and arrive at the key insights that contributed to the Pathway series of devices.
In creating any new design, we know that it is vital to include the people who are actually impacted by it. Design We Can All Live With and the Pathway devices demonstrate the results that are possible when real users’ needs are central in the design process. In our unveiling at the USC Body Computing Conference, we were pleased to receive a warm reception for both.