Healthcare Maker Movement

What is the Healthcare Maker Movement?

It’s a healthcare technology-­‐focused DIY (Do It Yourself) Movement, which emphasizes learning-­‐  through doing in an informal, networked, peer-­‐led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-­‐  fulfillment. Healthcare Maker culture encourages novel applications of technologies to healthcare  problems , and the exploration of intersections between traditionally separate domains and ways  of working to increase innovation in healthcare.

The goals of the healthcare maker program are to

  1. Encourage "design for health" at a grassroots level;  anyone, even kids should think of themselves as  designers
  2. Learn about new tools and technologies (3D printing, mobile applications) that could be used to promote health (wellness or chronic disease  management)
  3. Bridge the gap between a technical and design community whose members want to work  on health projects but need a health partner, and health partners (patients, caregivers,  researchers) who have ideas but need a technical collaborator to bring them to life.
  4. Help Makers launch new businesses and create jobs
  5. Challenging Health Makers to tackle our most pressing problems, from prototyping new  tools that will aid in patient care, to Health Makers developing low-­‐cost technologies that  can improve the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Inspire

  • Series of challenges focused on home &  office health
  • Identify health needs for underserved  communities
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Empower

  • Access to maker space 
  • Collaboration
  • Build and test new devices/tools to improve  health

Create

  • Partnerships to refine and test idea
  • Evaluate viable business models
  • Identify funding sources to scale ideas

E-mail info@LiftOffHealth.com or call us today to learn how to become a part of the Healthcare maker movement and LiftOff Health's programs and events.