Most children in the developing world will never see a doctor or visit a clinic, relying instead on Community Health Workers (CHWs) who are a critical link in delivering basic healthcare to underserved populations. Every day this dedicated and largely volunteer network of CHWs visit patients, help screen for life-threatening diseases and dispense medication, often with little training or support.
Over the past few months Heath 2.0 has been running a series of code-a-thon competitions, making stops in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston. These code-a-thons bring developers, designers, and healthcare professionals together to explore ideas and prototype new healthcare tools. These fast one-day events not only spark ideas to improve health wellness, but also push teams to turn their ideas into working prototypes.
Coinciding with the launch of the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Fast Company.com today published a by-lined article produced by frog:
The Future of Health Care is Social
“In this feature article, frog design uses its people-centered design discipline to show how elegant health and life science technology solutions will one day become a natural part of our behavior and lifestyle. What you see here is the result of frog's ongoing collaboration with health-care providers, insurers, employers, consumers, governments, and technology companies.”