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Who We Are


We are a collaborative of patients and caregivers, healthcare providers and researchers, designers and artists,
engineers and technologists, and public health professionals from the University of Michigan and surrounding community, 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 learn more about who is involved, view our Collaborators.




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


Lenovo + HealthDesignBy.Us Co+Lab

We are excited to announce the Lenovo + HealthDesignBy.Us Innovation Co+Lab! The Co+Lab's mission is to support the design and development of patient-centered technology-based health innovations!

Check out upcoming Co+Lab events!

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.

Learn more!