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MITX Presents: Designing the Future of Healthcare

  • CIC Boston, Anchor, 1st floor 50 Milk Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Design principles have become a strategic lever for organizations to solve their deepest challenges around customer experience and innovation. When design strategy and human-centered innovation is applied to healthcare, dramatic improvements occur in the effective and efficient care of patients. Join us for a discussion that explores the key themes, trends and approaches to designing future healthcare experiences.

An MITX event, sponsored by Philips. RSVP here



Leontien De Roode, Sr. Design Research Consultant, Philips
Leontien de Roode is design innovation and team lead of the strategic design team in Cambridge. The team focuses on creating innovative healthcare solutions for Philips in collaboration with Philip Research and the Philips Businesses. She is experienced in leading strategic and research projects to create future healthcare experiences, products, software and services. More specifically she has led multidisciplinary teams to discover user insights, create scenarios for ideal experiences and develop concepts to realize the envisioned experience.


Melissa Burke, Director, SIMPeds Operations, Children’s Hospital
Melissa brings over 25 years of operations, start up and tech transfer experience to drive SIMPedsas a high efficiency organization. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a Master of Science degree from MIT following which she worked for Westinghouse Naval Nuclear Program performing research applied to nuclear power, aircraft carriers, and submarines. A self-described start up “utility player”, Melissa has worked at multiple high-tech startup companies, helping them successfully operationalize and establish optimal product-market fit including WebCT, Sermo and Affectiva where she became an expert in emotion sensing and big data analytics.Working closely with SIMPeds Tech, Engineering and Admin management, Melissa leads SIMPedsOperations by applying lean start-up methodologies to continuously advance SIMPeds customerfocus and operational excellence. She helps guide funding efforts, business model generation and customer-discovery to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of educational and other innovations born from SIMPeds.

David Ruthven, Creative Lead, Philips Design
David Ruthven is an award-winning architect whose focus on the intersection of healthcare environments and technology has yielded many unique design solutions.  His signature work, Patient Room 2020, has been featured in several publications, including TIME, Fortune, WIRED, FastCompany, Metropolis and the Wall Street Journal. Dave has worked in the design industry for 12+ years on projects ranging from new, urban high-rise hospital centers to departmental renovations at existing facilities.  He has extensive experience designing many key healthcare spaces, including adult and pediatric patient rooms, neonatal intensive care units, birthing suites, adult intensive care units and emergency departments. As a Creative Lead for Design, Dave directs project engagements from contextual research through the development of detailed design solutions.  Additionally, he excels at service development, marketing strategy and graphic design, all of which are blended into each project initiative.

Mike Dunkley, SVP, Medical, Continuum
Mike leads Continuum’s medical devices business and is inspired by the opportunity to deliver better healthcare experiences. He’s passionate about understanding client needs and translating them into successful collaborations. Mike joined Continuum in May of 2012. He has worked in commercial, project management, and technical roles on numerous multi-disciplinary projects within the medical, consumer, and energy sectors. His experience spans initial project orientation through to product commercialization. Previously, Mike held various upper-management roles at Cambridge Consultants and worked as VP of Engineering at Cambridge-based start-up Pronutria. He earned a BA and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, U.K.