At this annual maker-conference that has become a staple in the service design community, Rêve worked with the nation’s largest non-profit to link clinical and community-based services to improve surgical outcomes.
In October 2015, we participated in Barnraise, an annual conference hosted by the IIT Institute of Design. Barnraise is a hands-on maker-conference, aimed at cross-pollinating design and healthcare perspectives by connecting design firms with community-based organizations and participants. This year’s theme was “Designing Improved Access to Care” with a focus on barriers and opportunities around a patient’s journey to attain sufficient and proper healthcare services, and Rêve had the opportunity to be a design partner.
We were matched with YMCA of the USA, a leading nonprofit organization that offers programs, services, and initiatives for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and a focus on improving the nation’s health and well-being for all individuals.
Leading a group of ten participants, our design challenge was “How might we link clinical and community-based services to help older adults prepare for and recover from joint replacement surgery?”. Mobility and stability are key to a healthy lifestyle, and joint replacement surgery offers a chance to maintain activity levels. As people live healthier for longer, the frequency of joint replacement surgery is increasing.