Open mHealth Summit – Non-Profit Integrates Digital Data

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main-graphicLast month, Bridge’s Industrial and Interaction Design Director, Solene Bourgeois, attended the inaugural Open mHeatlh Summit – a non-profit industry event in San Francisco dedicated to creating open-source code that facilitates sharing of digital health data.

In the group’s own words, Open mHealth is dedicated to “breaking down the barriers to integration and bringing clinical meaning to digital health data.”

By consulting with clinical experts, data scientists, developers, and software architects, the Open mHealth organization is setting standards to create a specific format for health data.

At Bridge, we work on many products addressing chronic health issues, including diabetes or COPD. In these and other chronic conditions, we see so much clinical data that is critical to help patients and physicians coming from multiple devices and platforms in an often confusing delivery. Imagine instead, however, if blood glucose levels were shared in a common schema, regardless of where the data came from.

Participants at the conference demonstrated new tools, such as:

– Hipbone for iOs
This app downloads and serializes all your data to a dropbox.

– Linq
This online platform enables patients to upload information from their devices to use by a doctor. It is currently in a pilot at Stanford Preventive Cardiology.

Some interesting insights from the conference:

From the General Discussion:

– Pain – physical and mental – has huge health implications, but data is difficult to gather and measure.
– Designing for health is different than designing for healthcare. The first focuses more on the concerns of the users. The second needs to consider the entire healthcare system and all stakeholders.

From Patients:
– They would agree to collect more data and share that personal information with doctors but they don’t feel they get much in return.

From Doctors:
– They feel there is no time to load and look at all the data that patients bring in the office.
– They are unclear on what data is actionable – or which app and data is most valuable.
– They feel the the less data, the better.

The next summit will be hosted this Fall in New York on Dec. 4th.

Not CAN They Use It, but WILL they Use it . . .

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“The 1st question we ask our clients is not CAN users use your product, but WILL they use it?” said Bill Evans, Bridge Design president, at the recent Digital Health Summit.

Bill spoke on a panel with Sarah Jane Milittello, Director of Operations at UCSF Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab; and Lisa Suennan, Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting

Watch here for the full panel discussion (26 mins.)


So What Will Healthcare Look Like in 10 Years?

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Bridge President Bill Evans just spoke at the MD&M East conference. 


His topic:   10 Ways Innovation, Design, Demographics and Global Trends Will Impact the Future of Healthcare – over the next 10 Years.


Listen and watch the accompanying slides – or just listen to the mp3.



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Interested in a deeper dive into mHealth?  

Feel free to access Bridge’s White Paper: 

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in mHealth App or Web Design



Oraya System Wins Silver in Prestigious 2015 MDEA Awards

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in treatment room - wide approach

We’re thrilled to share the news that our client’s product, the Oraya IRay® Radiotherapy Systemhas won Silver in the 2015 Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) in the Radiological and Electromechanical Devices category.

Bridge worked in close collaboration with the team at Oraya Therapeutics, Inc. to design and engineer the IRay System from conception to commercialization. The product treats wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in those over 65 in the industrialized world, and reflects a significant breakthrough treatment approach.

“The success of any innovative product in the start-up medical world is a combination of the foresight of the founders, the effectiveness of their core technology, and the people they pick to help make it a reality,” said Bridge Design President Bill Evans. “We are honored to have been chosen as Oraya‘s design partner and glad that our contribution to the usability and customer appeal has helped Oraya achieve rapid adoption. Oraya brought us into their fold, integrating us with their technical and marketing teams. From this teamwork comes the product you see. It is rewarding for our designers to be involved in such vision-maintaining therapy, and we wish Oraya well as they expand into new treatment sites.”

Bridge conducted extensive ergonomic studies to gain a clear understanding of physicians’ and patients’ needs, and to inform the development of the product for an international market. Streamlined, easy operator steps that could reduce procedure time and increase overall patient comfort were also vital to the design.

MDEA award-winning products excel in 5 areas: manufacturing and technological innovation; design and engineering advancements; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall improvement to healthcare industry.

“We, alongside our partner Bridge Design, are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Jim Taylor, president and CEO of Oraya Therapeutics. “Our goal in designing and developing the IRay system was to offer ophthalmologists and their patients an innovative, comfortable and non-invasive treatment option for wet AMD to reduce injections while maintaining vision. We believe that physician ease-of-use and patient comfort have played a significant role in the rapid adoption of Oraya Therapy in Europe and its continued integration into standard clinical care.”

The IRay® Radiotherapy SystemSystem stereotactically delivers low-voltage X-rays for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The system’s relatively small footprint is designed for installation in a clinic or hospital, without the need for added room shielding, and to be easy for the trained ophthalmologist to operate. The key proprietary elements of the system consist of a low-energy x-ray tube, a self-contained automated beam positioning system, Oraya Therapy software, the I-Guide™ eye stabilization device and an eye tracking system. Combining these elements into a product that would be attractive as well as providing reliability and efficiency with patient workflow was critical.

Oraya therapy is available at 11 sites in three countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland, and additional sites are in active planning stages. The IRay system is CE marked in Europe and is an investigational device not available for sale in the United States.

Are You in Our Photo Booth Pix?

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If you were at Bridge’s recent Open House during San Francisco Design Week, you might have stepped into our super silly Photo Booth. Check out the cool pix you took of yourself (clap/stomp – you know what we mean 🙂  ) And if you weren’t there, have fun seeing who was.

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And The Best Design Lesson Is . . .

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What a great gathering!  Designers stopped by our San Francisco offices last week during the city’s annual Design Week Open Studios.

They had a chance to check out what we’ve worked on at Bridge, and to get to know others in the design community – all while listening to the fab music of acoustic of singer songwriter Diana Gameros.

Attendees also shared lessons they had learned from their design careers. Judges selected one lesson as their favorite.

Here it is:

From Kay Atesci:

“Keep your design review sessions very focused in terms of people you invite – especially if you work at a large firm. If random folks show up – cut them out!  Things tend to get out of hand very quickly and you are bombarded with a lot of feedback that can be useless.”

Bill Evans Judges Core 77 Awards – Here are the Winners!

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Bridge Design President Bill Evans had a blast joining his peers as they judged the Core77 Awards for 2015.

The 2015 jury teams, comprised of 56 design experts from 15 cities and 8 countries, were most impressed by the depth and thoroughness of student entries this year, noting that the level of execution and research matched, and often exceeded, that of their professional counterparts. The juries noted the ongoing interest in social impact, with many of the designs focusing on creating a lasting positive impact rather than on more superficial design elements.

Read here to find out what products were honored, and then cast your vote for the grand prize winner.


Join Our Team – We’re Adding a Mid-Level Industrial Designer

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Bridge is looking for a mid-level Industrial Designer to join the team in our San Francisco office. Our ideal candidate is:

– passionate about shaping the future of connected health

– a creative visionary and grounded professional ready to evolve into managing his or her own tasks and client relationships

– inspired, creative, hip; well-organized, self-driven and proactive

– a strong, positive team player interested in collaborating with engineers and UX designers

For more information about what it’s like to work at Bridge, take a peek at this Coroflot article. You’ll find out why talented folks love working here. Hint: Mix top-flight design with tons of cross discipline collaboration in a culture that actually offers life/work balance.



Attending MD&M East? Catch Bill’s Talk

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Bridge President Bill Evans will be speaking at MD&M East.

His topic:   10 Ways Innovation, Design, Demographics and Global Trends Will Impact the Future of Healthcare – over the next 10 Years.

Tues. June 9  – 12 noon

Scroll down to the section describing Free Educational Sessions – taking place in the Center Stage – for a description of the event and his talk.

And at 2:45 on the same day, Bill will also be participating in a panel at on the topic of “Design Innovation for Medical Devices.”

If you are attending the conference, you can register below to attend the talk for free online.

Be sure to enter code FP online.



Interested in a deeper dive into mHealth?

Feel free to access Bridge’s White Paper:

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in mHealth App or Web Design