I'm honored to have been invited to speak at Mad*Pow's Healthcare Experience Design Conference on March 25, 2013. Checking out the lineup of impressive presenters and exciting workshops, I honestly can't wait to not only mingle among the A-list of healthcare UXers, but also to visit my home state of Massachusetts (mom's pretty happy about this too).
My HxD talk will focus on the impact my life as a cancer patient has had on my user experience research and design work, particularly the direction of my career, as well as how having had my own, very real story both helps and hinders the impact I have on the design of healthcare products and services.
There are so many intriguing workshop, keynote, and presentation choices, it's going to be a challenge to decide which to attend. A pre-conference workshop led by Dr. B.J. Fogg of the Persuasive Design Center at Stanford University jumps out at me, an all-day intensive on behavior design. If I can fly in in time to make the session, I absolutely want to be part of this. You'll probably also find me at talks focused on case studies, research, and definitely any that highlight personal patient experiences.
I encourage anyone who works in healthcare to check out the conference, not just UX designers. There are opportunities for learning at any level or from any role really, whether in a patient care, business, research, or design role.
You'll probably be seeing me blog more about designing for healthcare in the next few months as I gear up for March's talk. If there's anything you are curious about (design, research, patient experience, communication, content, etc), let me know. Except for what is not my intellectual property, I'm pretty much an open book.