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Leveraging design and technology to transform the health experience | April 5-6, 2016 | Boston, MA

APRIL 1, 2015

Day One

8:00 - 12:00: Pre-Event WORKSHOPS

These sessions are in-depth, hands-on, and meant to jump start your experience at HxRefactored. Select any of the following workshops as part of an add-on or stand-alone ticket.  

Beyond Gamification: Designing Behavior Change Games 

Full-day Workshop - Stand alone $799, with Conference pass $599 - Register here!

Facilitated by Dustin DiTommaso of Mad*Pow

Playing games is the prototypical example for an intrinsically motivating activity, and motivation in health care is a pivotal issue. Each year, billions of dollars are spent to move our behaviors in a healthier direction to avert crises such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other costly and painful afflictions. Leveraging motivational dynamics in gameplay to energize and sustain people through behavior change is a challenging yet, profound, solution.

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn the mechanics of clinically tested behavior change interventions as well as the techniques game designers use to motivate, engage, and reward players through a game’s life cycle. A practical, step-by-step methodology will be introduced and built upon throughout the session, resulting in a scalable framework and process for designing playful and practical behavior change games.

Upon completion of the workshop, participant teams will have designed (and pitched) structured behavior change games, collaboratively learning how to craft game objectives that facilitate change, proper goal-setting, optimal challenge and reward patterns, feedback loops and skill cycles, leveraging social influence and community dynamics, applying metaphor and theme, breakthrough brainstorming, game balancing and play-testing techniques.

Master Class in U.S. Health Care Policy

Half-day Workshop - Stand alone $399, with Conference pass $299 - Register here!

Facilitated by Kavita Patel of The Brookings Institute
Technology and Policy are working in an increasingly symbiotic relationship as we, as consumers and innovators, pave the way for higher standards within our health care system. While many recent Policy changes, such as the ACA, are superficially understood, there are nuances embedded that deeply affect the underlying infrastructure of how technology will be required to adapt. Join the experts who will breakdown privacy regulations, what the ACA means for you, and the alphabet soup that is HIPAA, ACOs, and the FDA.


Kavita Patel - The Brookings Institute
Deven McGraw - Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips
Matthew Holt - Health 2.0

Experience Strategy: Storytelling, Journey Mapping, and Service Design

Half-day Workshop - Stand alone $399, with Conference pass $299 - Register here!

Facilitated by Jonathan Podolsky of Mad*Pow
Before you can build any new service, you must clearly envision the user experience and be able to clearly translate the meaning and intent behind every interaction. But that experience will always fall short if you don’t have a clear understanding of your system capabilities and infrastructure limitations. In this workshop, we’ll learn how journey maps and service blueprints can help us collaborate to define a vision, diagram the story of the solution and evaluate the impact of change. 

12:00 - 1:30: Lunch & Learn

Grab some grub and join leading tech groups for a dive into their API.

1:30 - 3:00: Main Event 

Mad*Pow and Health 2.0 have joined forces once again to bring you HxRefactored, the premier event for designers and developers in health.  Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt from Health 2.0 kick off our two-day event in Boston.

John Brownstein, PhD - Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital 

Check back soon as we unveil our exciting Keynote speaker!

3:00 - 3:30: Coffee Break

Re-caffinate on your way to an afternoon of parallel sessions that will surely give you all the smarts to bring into Day Two of HxRefactored.

3:30 - 5:30: Parallel Track Sessions - pick one!

Patient-Centered Design: Core Values in health care

In many ways, our health care system become more of a “sick care” system. When people are treated as transactions, and systems are designed by legislation, then technology and workflows become ineffectual and seemingly impossible to change. How can we design a new ecosystem of care, with people at its center? In this session, we’ll explore true patient-centric design — not just interface or product design, but the entire experience. This includes reexamining the health care journey, using design and right-brain thinking to solve business problems, and making empathy, understanding, and wellbeing our ultimate goals.


Kate Bringham - PatientsLikeMe
Eric Meyer - An Event Apart
Toni Pashley - ShareCare
Catherine Rose - Philips

Plugins for Providers: Designing for CLINICAL IT

It’s no secret that old-school clinical IT tools have a bad rep for being clunky and less-than-elegant. Luckily, there is an entire innovation community dedicated to giving them the make-over they so desperately deserve. Remembering that the consumer isn’t the only end-user, that provider teams need communication platforms that don’t include post-it notes, and that clinicians shouldn't be reduced to data-entry specialists, hear from speakers who are designing specifically with the clinical setting in mind. 


Mark Kamensek - Covidien
Jeff Belden - TooManyClicks
Gretchen Mendoza and Shiv Rao - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


If you’ve been to Health 2.0 before, you’ve seen the slides with our three-fold definition, the one that includes the requirement that Health 2.0 technologies must play well with others. Interoperability lives as a pillar of this definition because tearing down existing silos is key to creating an elegant new system of data exchange. Hear from the experts who are holding interoperability to higher standards.


Deborah Estrin - Cornell NYC Tech
Charles Boicey - Stony Brook Medicine
Nikolai Schwertner - SMART Platforms


It is no shock that the health care industry is booming and about to boom even bigger.  In 2014, we saw record breaking investment in the health care industry, closing the year at just over 4.36 billion. Courting VC's is no longer the only way to get on the map - many hospital groups are also putting skin in the game by launching incubator programs.  The industry saw freshman start ups touch the triple digit mark, which begs the question: who is really succeeding in this cacophony of funding and innovation? The Business of Health Care is going to decipher the economics of these influxes, evaluate business models that are working and why, and examine the multitude of players, including non-clinical roles, being introduced into the sector.


Krishna Yeshwant - Google Ventures

Check back in the coming days for exciting speaker announcements!

Health Literacy and Equity

If knowledge is power, then heath technology clearly benefits those in the know as “the healthy and wealthy” buy Fitbits, log into health care portals and track their calories via smartphone. How can we use design to better serve the health needs of the underserved? In Health Literacy and Equity, we explore the challenge of helping people from all socio-economic levels become aware of their health risks, understand the benefits of nutrition and exercise, and better manage chronic conditions. Progress lies in moving beyond clear communication to developing new tools and approaches that are not just easy to understand, but compelling, engaging, and human.


Mary Ann Petti - CommunicateHealth
Alan Joseph Williams - Code For America

5:30 - 6:30: Party!

Rub elbows with coders, designers, and other health care nerds at the HxRefactored Kick Off Party.