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Pairing Design Thinking & Healthcare Innovation at HxRefactored


Use our exclusive discount code – HxR100 – to get $100 off the current HxRefactored registration rate.

It’s been a long winter in Boston. Spring is bound to come fast this year, bringing with it energy (and the ability to walk down the street without climbing through snow piles). So our recommendation for your first springtime event is HxRefactored, which will meet at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston from April 1-2, 2015 and promises inspiration and excitement.

“Attendees of HxRefactored will have the opportunity to collaborate with and inspire each other to re-think experiences and re-factor healthcare,” says Mad*Pow Chief Experience Officer and event organizer Amy Cueva. “The goal of the conference is to develop a deep understanding of the people impacted by the healthcare ecosystem and to help them achieve better health.”

What makes HxRefactored special? The conference will bring together both the healthcare and the design worlds. Presentations will consider the effective (and not-so-effective) designs of current healthcare technologies, as well as topics like care delivery innovation, patient-centered design and behavior change.

We’ll be at the conference, and we hope we’ll get to see you there. We’re particularly excited these awesome offerings:


  • A full-day workshop with Dustin DiTommaso, SVP of Behavior Change Design at Mad*Pow. He’ll teach participants about the mechanics of clinically testing behavior change interventions, as well as the techniques that game designers use to motivate, engage and reward players through a game’s life cycle.
  • A “Care Delivery Innovation” track, which will cover everything from telemedicine and microvisits, to crowd-sourced innovation, to on-demand healthcare. Dr. Salim Afshar of Children’s Hospital and Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners Healthcare, will lead this track.
  • Dr. Darshan Mehta, medical director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Associate Director of Education for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will speak to HxRefactored attendees about the meta-science of meditation, including the positive neurological benefits. He will also lead the audience in a guided meditation session.


“Clever, innovative design used to create change in the healthcare ecosystem has the potential to improve experiences for everyone and strengthen the healthcare industry,” says Cueva of the conference’s goals and the pairing of design and healthcare. “Technology and design hold huge promise to enhance patient experiences, energize the healthcare industry and improve overall health outcomes for patients. Designers and developers who embrace the fact that “users” are actually human beings, and employ human-centered design to create effective solutions can tap this potential by addressing this need in the marketplace.”

Join us at HxRefactored, April 1-2, 2015. Register now with our exclusive discount code – HxR100 – and get $100 off the current registration rate.

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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