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Douglas L. Wood, M.D., is medical director of Innovation and Design within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He and his team of designers, project managers, information technology specialists and others use human-centered designs to create solutions for care delivery, at-home care and highly functional spaces, and work to make existing technologies more useful for individuals. The Kern center's partnership with Delos Living studies the impact of the built environment on human health and behavior in a unique Well Living Laboratory.
The specialized Innovation and Design team was the first of its kind in an academic medical center and is still one of the few organizations that work to understand the unique needs of individuals at home, work, school and health care settings to create truly helpful solutions. Dr. Wood and the team have produced major designs and redesigns for clinical care throughout Mayo Clinic, including the Healthy Living Program, Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care and the Office of Population Health. The team strives to use its expertise in human-centered design to improve the lives of patients.
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