The purpose of the workshop is to develop an ideal design for the delivery of health care in California to children with complex medical conditions.
The method for accomplishing this is to engage a large group of participants, about 50, who represent most, if not all, of the relevant stakeholder groups. These participants will engage in a series of interactive design activities through which we will, together, seek to understand the key elements of the existing system, and then envision what the ideal system could and should be. We will prepare three to four alternative possible designs for an ideal system. These ideal designs will then be compared, and elements from each probably will be combined into a more robust proposal. We then will develop ideas about how the ideal design could be implemented in the coming years.
This is, obviously, a very complex task. However, the workshop method that the facilitators, InnovationLabs, plan to use has proven successful in addressing issues of similar complexity in the health care field.
InnovationLabs is a consulting firm with extensive experience dealing with complex issues such as this one. The entire process also will be documented by InnovationLabs staff. This will include a web site that records all activities in chronological order, as well as drawings and photos made in real time to illustrate the concepts developed during the workshop. InnovationLabs will provide special equipment to support a dynamic, collaborative process.
Workshop participants will include primary care providers, insurers, researchers, government funders, educators, families, health systems/hospitals, foundations, and others. Participants will be active co-designers throughout the two days of the workshop.
After the workshop, a second validation workshop will be held in October with a smaller group to finalize the proposed design. The resulting work then will be presented to the board of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in November.