A Maker Revolution in Health Care

When:  Saturday, November 12th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Where: Meeting Room 310A at the George R. Brown Convention Center

What: Health making is revolutionizing the way care is delivered in hospitals, clinics, and home care divisions acrosmakerhealths the globe. Patient-made machines are changing the provider-patient dynamic. The solutions by frontline staff are making care better and more affordable.

MakerHealth is leading the movement with tools, kits, and a framework for finding and supporting frontline stealth innovators in hospitals across the country. Through hospital makerspace and just-in-time training, MakerHealth helps institutions support frontline makers and launch new protocols and solutions from the lab to the point of care.  The tools and frameworks in the MakerHealth program are informed by the 2013 MakerNurse study launched by MIT Little Devices Lab with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where we worked with frontline nursing staff to quantify patterns of making, new ideas and gaps in the current system to support frontline innovators. From custom bandages, to apps, to infusion circuits and accessibility aids, health makers create tangible hardware innovations that they using to make their patients better.  Articles and additional references for this topic area are:

Tech / Craft / Mindset: Health, Medicine, Biology, Rehabilitation, Nursing

Speaker(s): Jose Gomez-Marquez

About the Speaker

Josejose_gomez-marquez Gomez-Marquez directs medical technology design at Little Devices @ MIT and is the creator of MIT’s first course on affordable medical hardware. Jose is the co-founder of the MakerHealth network and co-inventor of the MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent their own medical technologies. His other research projects include crowd sourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and affordable diagnostics for extreme environments. Gomez-Marquez has served on the European Union’s Science Against Poverty Taskforce and has participated as an expert advisor in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In 2009, Gomez-Marquez was selected to Technology Review’s TR35, which also named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was named a TED Fellow and is a co-founder of Pop Up Labs. Most recently, Gomez-Marquez launched the MakerNurse project to advance nurse innovation in America with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He arrived to the United States from his native Honduras on a Rotary exchange and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  For the latest news on any of these areas you can follow @MakerHealthCo, @MakerNurse or @jfgm on Twitter.