Solving Problems at a Higher Level: Trans Disciplinary Thinking

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Eastern time | Register now

Presenters: David Cowan and Jennifer Coppola, Georgia Tech, Christie Hunt, Piedmont Healthcare

Human Centered Designs' greatest challenge is the assimilation of the knowledge, experience, and opinions of a team of multi-disciplinary thinkers. We will explore the experience and methods we used to bring together industrial engineers, computer scientists, biomedical engineers, architects and industrial designers working with clients of doctors, nurses and patients.   

How do you "pivot the room" to learn how others think. It is important to understand the nature of complex problems in healthcare (using constructs of complex adaptive systems and wicked problems). And as Einstein suggested that we must often move our thinking to a higher level to solve a problem.  We seek to become "trans disciplinary" thinkers.

David Cowan is on the faculty at Georgia Tech and holds a Master of Science in health systems (MSHS). He is a diplomate and past president of SHS. Cowan is a researcher, educator and consultant to the industry, leading better design of healthcare facilities, devices, and processes.  

Jennifer Coppola is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech with a Master of Science in health systems. 

Christie Hunt, RN, BSN, CCRN, is a clinical education coordinator at Piedmont Healthcare. Hunt is a nursing leader, a trans disciplinary thinker and problem solver, and a former IT developer.