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When Digital Meets Medical

The evening will include two presentations:

By Celine Pering: Proteus Digital Health is pioneering a new product paradigm at the intersection of the medical and consumer worlds. We make regulated medical products that are used by regular people in everyday life, so they need to behave more like consumer products. User research, to refine medical products, is done using highly controlled clinical trials, while great consumer products are generally created using very different design research methodologies. Attendees will learn how cross-pollination of the clinical research with the best of consumer research opens up a whole new discipline ripe for exploration.

Celine Pering, Director of Human Factors and User Research, Proteus Digital Health

Celine is the Director of Human Factors and User Research at Proteus Digital Health where she is responsible for leading qualitative user research efforts, as well as quantitative usability efforts, to ensure that products are intuitive and highly usable. Pering has over 20 years of experience in design research, interaction design and design strategy across a broad range of industries, including medical, mobile, future technologies, consumer and enterprise. Prior to joining Proteus Digital Health, Pering worked in design consultancies such as Speck Design and frog, and consumer product companies such as Handspring, Palm, and HP. Pering’s expertise in product innovation, design thinking and user experience provides a valuable balance for tackling significant design problems.


By Christopher SniderI created My Diabetes Secret to enable people impacted by diabetes to share their thoughts, emotions, and fears in a safe place providing anonymity and a freedom from stigma or judgment. The emotional burden of diabetes can create some particularly deep and dark thoughts that have the potential to do long-term harm. I believe there's a value in the anonymous disclosure that has taken place. How can I measure this? Should it be measured? Should we expand My Diabetes Secret to accommodate the wide range of chronic diseases? Is there a place for this service in every chronic disease community? What communities would benefit most from this type of online interaction? I'll discuss the functionality of My Diabetes Secret, share some of what has been shared on it to date, and lead a discussion of the many questions about it and its potential expansion.

Christopher Snider, Executive Board Member, Stanford Medicine X

Christopher is a member of the Executive Board for Stanford Medicine X. He is the Social Media Strategist for Smart Patients, an Associate Editor at Quantified Self, and the Patient Community Advocate at Symplur. He writes about, among other things, his life with type 1 diabetes, and he creates and publishes a related podcast called “Just Talking” that highlights a different guest each week. He manages "My Diabetes Secret" and "My Chronic Disease Secret," two websites enabling people to anonymously share their thoughts and feelings. Christopher is can be found on Twitter at @iam_spartacus.


Networking will begin at 6:30pm; refreshments will be provided free of charge courtesy of UBM Tech on their rooftop patio. The program will begin at 7pm.

(Closest BART station: Montgomery St. Also, the San Francisco Caltrain station is not too far away.)

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