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
- Encourage "design for health" at a grassroots level; anyone, even kids should think of themselves as designers
- Learn about new tools and technologies (3D printing, mobile applications) that could be used to promote health (wellness or chronic disease management)
- 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.
- Help Makers launch new businesses and create jobs
- 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.
- Series of challenges focused on home & oﬃce health
- Identify health needs for underserved communities
- Access to maker space
- Build and test new devices/tools to improve health
- Partnerships to reﬁne and test idea
- Evaluate viable business models
- Identify funding sources to scale ideas
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