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We are a collaborative of patients and caregivers, healthcare providers and researchers, designers and artists,
engineers and technologists, public health professionals and community members, who are passionate about
patient-centered participatory design and applying the model of the maker movement to healthcare.
Our efforts focus on creating opportunities for innovation in education, research, and clinical care delivery.



To integrate design thinking into the medical enterprise and to promote the participation of makers in the healthcare landscape.



To partner with patients and caregivers to create opportunities for participatory design, citizen science, and open science research.


Clinical Care Delivery

To provide tools and technology-based systems for transforming the patient experience.

Featured Projects


Gamifying Diabetes

In collaboration with GameStart, an Ann Arbor start-up, HealthDesignBy.Us is using game design to empower patients and caregivers to prototpye and create a gaming platform that can be used to deliver innovative diabetes education.

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Diabetes Emoticons

Created to make communication with parents and others about diabetes easier, the idea for the Diabetes Emoticons app was originally developed by two adolescent sisters with type 1 diabetes at a patient-centered design workshop.

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