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New “Inspired EHRs” E-book Features Involution Design

by emily on July 11th, 2014 - Comments (0)

Twinlist from EHR Guide

Partial view of interactive “Twinlist” prototype that enables comparisons of two medication lists on a number of parameters. The code is openly available and the Guide explains the human factors principles that underlie the design.

One year of designing examples, coding prototypes, corralling authors, and producing the final product.

Involution Studios designer Jen Patel and Creative Director Juhan Sonin just completed a year-long project with the University of Missouri and the California HealthCare Foundation creating a design pattern reference book for Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians is a generously illustrated, interactive e-book for health IT developers, whether EHR / PHR / healthcare app software vendors, EHR client organization implementation teams, EHR consultants, or usability professionals. The book is intended to be clinically relevant, inspirational, and illustrative, but not prescriptive. (Last September, in Guiding EHR Design, Jen described the design philosophy and approach.) The content of the book and the code of its prototypes is made available under the Apache 2.0 open source license, which allows anyone to freely use the code and ideas presented in this book, subject to the conditions listed under Licenses on

Written in an accessible, science journalist style, the book was developed in a series of workshops with help from the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) Clinician Experience Workgroup. The team, based at the University of Missouri-Columbia in partnership with Involution Studios Boston included colleagues from the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston. Contributors to Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians included Jeff Belden, MD; Richelle Koopman, MD, MS; Joi Moore, PhD; Catherine Plaisant, PhD; Todd R. Johnson, PhD; Nathan Lowrance; Juhan Sonin; and Jennifer Patel. This book was made possible thanks to the generous support of the SHARP-C Project of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the California HealthCare Foundation.

About Involution’s Health Design Practice
For almost 10 years, Involution has been building software for health companies of every shape and size, from household names like AstraZeneca and Walgreens, to research leaders like the Personal Genome Project and Partners HealthCare. We also work with the most exciting and progressive health startups. We’ve made digital healthcare our top focus.

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Invo Design Featured in FastCompany Co.Exist

by emily on May 29th, 2014 - Comments (0)

Designer Eric Benoit crafted the interface for genetic screening results with input from Juhan Sonin, Adam Pere, and Emily Twaddell.

FastCompany’s Co.Exist column today posted Searching For The Hidden Health Heroes Whose DNA Prevents Disease describing an exciting genetic study—for which Involution Studios designed the report interface.

Led by researchers at Sage Bionetworks and New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, The Resilience Project will be looking for the tiny minority of people who, though they have rare genetic changes that would typically cause serious illness in childhood, don’t manifest any signs of the disease as adults. The project aims to collect DNA from 1 million healthy adults in the next few years in hopes of discovering what might protect these individuals from the genetic mutations they carry.

Involution designers Eric Benoit, Juhan Sonin, Adam Pere, and Emily Twaddell worked closely with project Principal Investigator Eric Schadt and Co-Investigator Elissa Levin to understand the nature of the project and, in particular, the needs of those who will volunteer to donate their data for research. Involution’s prior work with the Personal Genome Project provided the experience and insight to design an interface that personalizes the donor’s experience while informing them of their screening results and potential impact on the project’s success.

About Involution’s Health Design Practice
For almost 10 years, Involution has been building software for health companies of every shape and size, from household names like AstraZeneca and Walgreens, to research leaders like the Personal Genome Project and Partners HealthCare. We also work with the most exciting and progressive health startups. We’ve made digital healthcare our top focus.

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Involution Principal to Speak at Stanford Medicine X 2014

by emily on April 16th, 2014
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Stanford Medicine X 2014
Stanford University
September 5-7, 2014

Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up? The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears. And now, my young children are getting about that same treatment. But that is going to change.

Involution Creative Director Juhan […]

Involution’s Health Axioms Featured on NPR

by emily on April 10th, 2014
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NPR Health Axioms Story

Involution’s Health Axioms are grabbing the attention of the health innovation community.

NPR Health Blogger Nancy Shute posted her impressions of the Health Axioms recently in If A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words, Could It Help You Floss?

After getting her own Health Axioms in the mail — with a personal note — Shute called Involution’s Juhan […]

Design for Life on

by emily on February 28th, 2014
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March 1, 2014

From protein to pixel to policy, design-for-health possibilities and responsibilities are immense.

Involution’s Creative Director Juhan Sonin talks about design-for-health possibilities in an upcoming interview with host Rob Woodbridge.

What we call “health” is made up of episodic issues and interventions … we are most conscious of our health during […]

Health Axioms @ Mass Innovation Nights

by emily on January 7th, 2014
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Involution Studios Presents Health Axioms at Mass Innovation Nights
January 8, 2014
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Progress Software
Bedford, MA
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Monthly Innovation Nights are designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. Start-ups and entrepreneurs present their latest works and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, […]

Creating the Health Axioms

by Jon on October 18th, 2013
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The team at Involution Studios — made up of Sarah Kaiser, Jane Kokernak, Kelly Mansfield, Harry Sleeper, and Juhan Sonin — created the Health Axioms card deck over an eight-month period. Starting with a dozen core, personal health habits, they turned these initial ideas into short catch phrases. Sarah and Kelly drew hundreds of sketches, which often drove the name […]

hGraph featured in “Digital Diagnosis: A New Generation of Healthcare Technology”

by Danielle on June 13th, 2013
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Involution Studios’ hGraph — the only open source visualization for your complete health metrics — is being featured this month in “Digital Diagnosis: A New Generation of Healthcare Technology” in EContent Magazine.

The column, written by Eileen Mullan, explores how apps and visualization services like hGraph can help cut through the hassle of going to […]

Involution’s hGraph featured in Wired and Health IT Buzz

by Jon on February 25th, 2013
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Involution’s hGraph, an open source health metrics visualization, was recently featured in Wired Magazine online, highlighted in the article, “How Restyling the Mundane Medical Record Could Improve Health Care.” The Wired spot discusses hGraph’s strong social component: By tracking the data for entire families hGraph illustrates how some conditions, like obesity and heart disease, can be affected by collective […]

mHealth Zone

by Jon on January 20th, 2013
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mHealth Summit

mHealth Zone: Why Aligning Creativity with Expertise is So Effective
January 24, 2013
12:00 PM

Register to Listen to the Show Live

On January 24, Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin will join hosts Ben Chodor and Corey Ackerman of Happtique, and special guest Paulo Machado, CEO and Founder of Health Innovations Partners, on the mHealth Zone […]

hGraph Selected for National Patient Record Redesign Showcase

by Jon on January 18th, 2013
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), challenged designers across the United States to re-imagine the presentation of the medical record in order to create a better patient experience. The objective of the Health Design Challenge was to create a usable, beautiful medical record enabling patients to more easily […]

Involution Studios’ hGraph Selected as a 2012 MITX Interactive Awards Finalist

by Jon on October 19th, 2012
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For Immediate Release
BOSTON, MA – October 19, 2012 – Involution Studios today announced that hGraph, an open source system for visualizing personal health metrics, has been selected as a finalist in the Healthcare and Wellness category for the 17th Annual MITX Interactive Awards. Held annually by the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, the Awards recognize excellence […]

InsideTracker Software, Designed by Involution, Provides Olympic Athletes with Bloodwork Analytics

by Jon on June 28th, 2012
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Involution client Segterra is doing its part to prepare US athletes for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Segterra’s innovative software product, Inside Tracker, is being used by champion track cyclist Sarah Hammer and triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker and Sarah Haskins to learn about nutritional deficiencies and excesses via bloodwork analytics and optimize and boost performance based […]

Involution Studios designs user experience for CodeRyte’s Natural Language Processing health system coding software

by Jon on March 30th, 2012
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For Immediate Release
BETHESDA, Maryland (U.S.) – March 30, 2012 – CodeRyte, the leading and fastest growing Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer-assisted coding supplier in healthcare, is partnering with Involution Studios for the user experience design of its ground breaking health system coding software. CodeRyte’s sophisticated NLP technology streamlines the coding process and identifies clinically relevant information about medical […]

Involution Principal to conduct applied UX methods workshop and expert session at HIMSS12, healthcare and technology conference

by Jon on February 15th, 2012
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For Immediate Release

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (U.S.) – February 15, 2012 – Involution Studios Creative Director Juhan Sonin will conduct an applied UX methods workshop and expert session at the HIMSS12, healthcare and technology conference next week. The hands-on, interactive workshop will focus on real-world scenarios in measuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction of the user experience with Electronic […]