Overview of Workshop

Placing Patients at the Center of the Design Thinking Process

Stanford Medicine X is once again joining forces with Palo Alto-based firm IDEO to offer ePatients the opportunity to collaborate with designers, researchers, technologists and health-care providers to spark new ideas for improving patient care. Participants in last year’s Stanford Medicine X | IDEO Design Challenge called the workshop “a very healing process” and praised the experience for allowing creativity to “flourish and grow.”

At the day-long event, participants will be divided into teams and each group will include an ePatient who has experience managing a chronic disease and who uses technology to help facilitate his or her own care. Using a problem statement based on the ePatients’ chronic illness and application, the teams will work through the design-thinking process to develop potential solutions.

IDEO was an extraordinary experience. I met tons of new contacts, including entrepreneurs, physicians, investors. I was really impressed by this culture of support, creativity and change that Medicine X cultivates — conference attendee

The goal of the workshop is to engage stakeholders in a design setting to solve a patient-centered health problem as a unified team, and to share their design and experience with attendees at Medicine X. It is meant to inspire collaboration and ignite creativity among a diversity of thinkers, both challenge participants and Medicine X audience members.

We are thrilled to partner with IDEO and offer this incredible experience for Medicine X attendees.


Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Location: IDEO headquarters, 150 Forrest Avenue, Palo Alto, Calif.
Workshop includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks

“The IDEO experience was priceless” — Medicine X 2012 participant.


ePatients scholarship winners will become the focus of a team engaged in the IDEO challenge and represent a different problem statement, which will be based on their chronic illness and application.

Conference attendees can elect to enroll in the IDEO design challenge at the time of registration to Stanford Medicine X 2017. Please note, this special event is only available in conjunction with registration to the Medicine X conference and sells out quickly every year. Make sure to be among the first to register on April 1, 2017 in order to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This was a wonderful activity! It will influence all my future design endeavors — IDEO workshop attendee.

Preliminary Schedule:

8:00 Arrive at 150 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto: light breakfast and coffee
8:30 Tour of IDEO Palo Alto studios
9:30 Welcome, Overview of the day, Introductions by all, sit in teams
10:15 Overview of Design Thinking process and team project
10:45 Homework discussion in groups, meet your e-patient and facilitator: start the project!
11:15 Understand and Observe session
12:00 Working Lunch
1:00 Downloading and Synthesis
1:30 Brainstorming and Conceptualizing
2:30 Prototyping and Testing
3:30 Prepare project presentations
4:30 Individual design teams present to overall group
5:30 Wrap-up of the day and wine & cheese reception

Fantastic education experience in the design process — past IDEO challenge participant.

How to Apply:

Attendees must enroll online to reserve their spot (please pre-register to stay informed when enrollment opens).