Design consultancy in support of RWJF's Project HealthDesign program

The Foundation's program, Catalyzing a Health Information Environment to Support Individuals and Families, was designed to expand the personal health records vision and encourage the market to develop a variety of products that will meet the diverse needs of patients. The Vanderbilt Center for Better Health (VCBH) will lead the eight-member grantee team of Project HealthDesign to develop their concepts for personal health record applications. The primary focus of Project HealthDesign is to develop a diverse array of innovative applications for personal health records. Through the development of these applications, a common platform for a personal health record can be shaped. The design challenge of this project is to coordinate the development of the eight individual designs (which will begin at various stages of development) so that they can interact with each other as appropriate and so that they, collectively, can elicit the requirements for a common platform.VCBH has experience in leading groups through the stages of technological design, primarily by hosting DesignShops. DesignShops are "workshops designed, facilitated and supported by VCBH personnel" to achieve results that often take months using traditional project methods. The grantee will host three workshops with the grantees to guide the development of individual concepts. The deliverables will include improvements to the prototypes and design documentation that will inform the common platform. Additionally, VCBH brings to this project the Innovation Center, a physical environment which supports intense group activity and the design cycle, and a staff of experts in informatics, management, medicine, and health. The combination of methodology, environment and staff will guide the eight-member grantee team to develop prototype applications for personal health records, and elements of a common platform.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 1/23/2007

Time frame: 2/1/2007 - 8/31/2007

Grant Number: 59897


Vanderbilt University, Center for Better Health

3401 West End Avenue, Suite 290
Nashville, 37203-6866


Mark E. Frisse
Project Director