Design Institute for Health

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We believe in the power of design to solve the most challenging problems in health.

The Design Institute for Health is a first-of-its-kind institute born from the radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. It was established because health is one of the last frontiers to embrace design as a creative, human-centered approach to defining and solving problems. 

Through design, we provoke every aspect of health systems to work better for people. Our embedded team of health design specialists uses creative problem-solving methods to deeply understand the needs of patients and providers, generate fresh systemic approaches, and rapidly prototype and realize solutions.


A Distinctly New Vantage

Leading profound change in health systems through design within.

Unlike other designers working at the edges of healthcare, the Design Institute works from within to embed design into every aspect of health systems.

Design Institute for Health

Lucas Artusi Design Institute for Health

Never before has human-centered design come from within to shape every part of a health system: medical students, value-based care clinics, the commercialization of new health solutions, and the ethos of adaptive, responsive organizations leading health.

We are here to realize change. We bring specific capabilities and a specific point of view about how and where design can be applied to create impact.


Design in Health

"Design isn’t just what something looks and feels like. Design is how something works." -Steve Jobs

Stacey Chang Design Institute for Health

Design has an explicit role in realizing a different outcome.

Human-centered design is a creative problem-solving approach that puts the people we serve at the center of our innovation process.

Understanding users’ needs and designing solutions from their perspective leads to much better outcomes. It’s a repeatable process that can be used to design anything:

  • Tool Design: New tools (physical and digital) and capabilities
  • Space Design: New physical environments
  • Campaign Design: New approaches, mindsets and languages
  • Service Design: New service lines and business models
  • Organization Design: New structures and cultural norms
  • Systems Design: New value exchanges and directions

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