Visiting the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

The Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopened its doors in December 2014 after a three-year-long closed-door renovation. Devoted to historical and contemporary design, the museum also poses fascinating questions to the health care field on how we can do better.

For example, when a doctor wants an asthma patient to take a controller inhaler every morning and every evening, our health care delivery system should also consider how to make it easier for the patient to do this. Perhaps we could link it with another behavior we already do every morning and evening like teeth brushing.  If it’s a kid, maybe we could make it fun.

Here, the Cooper-Hewitt presents a pill organizer with the end-user in mind, not the doctor. Complicated medication regimens should include ways to implement habits into a patient’s life. This is how we should think about delivering care- not only with a focus on what pill to prescribe, but also how to get the pill to the patient.

CHIL’s mission is to take what we know about how people behave and make decisions, and use those principles to develop healthy behaviors in kids. Also, to once in a while plug a cool museum. 

 Upper East Side, Manhattan

Upper East Side, Manhattan

  What reasonable advice for patient centered care!     Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

What reasonable advice for patient centered care!

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

 Thinking about the patient first, then designing something that works for them.   Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Thinking about the patient first, then designing something that works for them.

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

 We had a great time!    Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

We had a great time! 

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum