Members of the Health CONNECTeen team at Design Expo at the end of the DSI course.
In Spring 2011, the first time this course was offered, students focused on improving services for young adults living with chronic diseases, as well as their transition from pediatric to adult care. The project teams worked with clinical partners at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) to create services that addressed these patients' unique needs, with the ultimate goal of improving their options for a fulfilling life.
Health ConnecTeen is a web-based incentive program designed to prepare late-adolescent teens for the transition to adult care. Developed for the pediatric liver transplant clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the program features quizzes where teens can win prizes and an online community for both teens and their caregivers. Through its multi-pronged approach, Health CONNECTeen facilitates knowledge transfer from caregivers to teens while encouraging teens to take an active interest in their own health. Team members: Milagros Bustamante (business), Samantha Brunhaver (mechanical engineering), Kuan-Hsien Lee (management science), Keren Ziv (medical sciences).
CompactCath offers a revolutionary solution for catheter users. No more bulky, noisy, embarrassing packaging. CompactCath is a full-sized catheter rolled in a designed package that can fit the palm of your hand and does not reveal its contents. CompactCath will allow the 13M people suffering from urinary incontinence in the United States to take back the control over their privacy and flexibility away from home. Team members: Myung Sun Choi (mechanical engineering), Daniel Hong (medicine) , David Janka (medicine), Sean Mehra (business), Naama Stauber (business), Kat Steele (mechanical engineering).
The Prograf Shuttle is a mission-based video game designed to make the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital liver transplant teen clinic more efficient for clinicians and more engaging for teen patients. During clinic wait-time, teen transplant patients play a computer video game that challenges them to speed the progress of a Prograf pill through the body to the liver. At each stage, teens answer questions that elicit knowledge of their illness, thus building the self-efficacy crucial to a successful transition to adult care. Team members: Shaka Bahadu (business), Lindsay Russell (business), Aaron Sin (medicine), and Michelle Turski (medical sciences).
Testicular Cancer presents a rare, glaring gap in public health advancement in the United States. Stigma and taboo have left this disease, which causes one death per day, in the dark – a lack of information made all the more senseless by how curable each case is when caught early. The "cure" is simple: early detection by a simple self-exam, similar to a breast self-exam. Rooted at Stanford University, this campaign will take awareness levels of young adult males across the U.S. from current levels to where they need to be. Team members: Perla Amsili (business), Laura Flanagan (business), Ioulia Kachirskaia (medical sciences), Jennifer Miller (statistics).
iThrive enables young adult rheumatoid patients to optimize their health by showing them how their behaviors affect how they feel. Using iThrive’s “click, click, click—Done!” mobile platform, users record simple health inputs (e.g., sleep, exercise, diet, sun exposure) and outputs (e.g., energy level, mood, stiffness) on a daily basis for a set trial period. iThrive graphs the data automatically, presenting patients with personalized and customizable information about behaviors that hurt – and help – their bodies. Team members: Julia Bernstein (business), Yin-Hsuan Chien (medicine), Aaron Kurman (law), Daniel Stringer (education).