In collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Connected Emergency Care (CEC) Patient Safety Learning Lab (PSLL) focuses on reducing health and financial harm caused by a disconnected emergency care system. Through this five-year project, we are working to better understand barriers to informed decision making and develop design prototypes with the ultimate goal of creating a closed feedback loop to better support physician decision-making.
Over the past decade, our Design & Health Initiative has demonstrated new ways of embedding designers and integrating the human-centered design process into the ongoing work of a variety of partners in public health, healthcare, and medicine.
In 2019, the Center for Social Design was awarded a $1million endowment gift to expand and sustain our pioneering work at the intersection of design and public health. A generous commitment from philanthropist George L. Bunting, Jr. enabled the Center to secure matching funds from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), a state program created to attract and retain top innovation talent and to spur research in scientific and technical fields at colleges and universities. The endowment gift will generate partial funding to sustain and scale our work in design and health.