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Human Centered Design

The Human Centered Design Program at MUSC is an innovative initiative that aims to bring design thinking to the Department of Surgery. Using a Human-Centered Design approach, novel solutions are created in the healthcare space that solves unmet medical need for users such as patients and physicians. The interdisciplinary HCD team leverages medical expertise, design experience, and advanced technologies to iteratively problem solve.

Joshua Kim, MS, design director of the Human Centered Design Program, collaborated with the Inter-professional Education group at MUSC to create an overview video of the human-centered design process. The program began in 2019 and has made an immediate impact with innovations you will learn about in the video. The program also provides an opportunity for residents and medical students to develop innovative solutions and become innovative thought leaders at MUSC. 

Some projects that the HCD worked on includes a medical device startup called Heartbeat Technologies and a 3D-printed COVID-19 mask that was used internationally.

For human centered designers, there’s always a story behind the innovation.  That’s because Human Centered Design begins with the people you are designing for and finding a solution that fits their needs. The designer methodology uses empathy as a core value and creates an innovative solution.

“Once you empathize with your user group, you start defining the problem, narrowing it down from something really big to something smaller and more measurable,” explained Joshua Kim, Senior Human Center Designer in the Department of Surgery.  

The next step is the ideation process where the designers create new ideas. “One of our favorite exercises designers use is what we call a ‘magic wand idea,’” said Kim. “Where we basically say if we have a magic wand and finances weren't an obstacle and technology was limitless what kind of solution could we create.”

According to Kim, this ideation process really opens up the possibilities for your future design and can help kind of create new ideas that are a better fit for the end user. Moving into the next phase of design – prototyping and testing – it’s critical to design without the fear of failure in order to discover the best possible prototype for the end user.

Latest News: HCD Team Designs New CPR Device

HCD Team that innovated with the SAVER device

The three research residents (left to right) Kristen Quinn, M.D., Julie Siegel, M.D, and Leah Plumblee, M.D., along with medical student Heather Holman (far right) are part of the Human Centered Design team who worked with and learned from Senior Human Centered Designer Joshua Kim (center.) The group, under the leadership of Mike Yost, Ph.D. and David Mahvi, M.D. worked with pediatric cardiac surgeon T. Konrad Rajab, M.D. to develop an innovative design concept for a new CPR product, The S.A.V.E.R. (The Safety Adjunct for Vascular Extremity Occlusion during Resuscitation). This year, the team has been recognized for their innovation both at MUSC and state-wide. The grants and prizes will help fund the development of prototypes. 

Wins State Competition 

Congratulations to the Human Centered Design Team medical student Heather Holman, surgical residents Julie Siegel, M.D. and Kristen Quinn, M.D. who took first place in the SC Innovates 2020 competition with their human centered design product, The Saver, a new CPR device! The team was selected by a panel of judges as submitting one of the top 15 ideas out of 77 entries by students from across the state to advance to the finale, which they won and were awarded a $4000 cash prize! 

Receives High Innovation - High Reward Grant

T. Konrad Rajab, M.D., Kristen Quinn, M.D. PGY-3, Leah Plumblee, M.D. PGY-3, Julie Siegel, M.D. PGY-3, and Human-Centered designer Joshua Kim, MS received the High Innovation - High Reward Grant. The title of their research is "The Safety Adjunct for Vascular Extremity Occlusion during Resuscitation." Dr. Rajab is the Principle Investigator and mentor to the HCD team working on this innovative research for the new CPR product, the S.A.V.E.R. They were awarded $10,000 to build prototypes of the S.A.V.E.R., and complete hypothesis testing on the methodology and patentable technology.

The High Innovation - High Reward (HIHR) Grant is a part of South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute’s (SCTR’s) Pilot Project Program. The primary objectives of SCTR’s pilot project funding are to support new and innovative, scientifically meritorious projects to collect critical preliminary data for submission of extramural grant applications, to publish and disseminate research findings, and to support development of intellectual property and commercialization. 

Poster Presentation During Innovation Week

Their research was also accepted for a poster presentation during Innovation Week. Innovation Week is a  week long celebration of MUSC’s culture of innovation and is designed to inspire and empower the MUSC community to innovate.