Design in Health — A Radical Problem-Solving Toolbox
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, the Design Institute provokes every aspect of health systems to work better for people. Its 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.
The Design Institute Missions
The role of design in health is to provoke every aspect of health systems to work better for people. There are four specific shifts within the health revolution where design has an explicit role in realizing a profoundly better outcome. These four trajectories focus the Design Institute’s work and guide its missions.
Health care today is physician-led. Health care tomorrow will re-orient around patients being more self-enabled.
Health care today is transactional. Health care tomorrow will build experiences to be more human-centered.
Health care today is siloed. Health care tomorrow will shift the approach to build bridges from silos to integrated efforts.
Health care today is about medical care. Health care tomorrow will expand the scope from medical care to overall health.