DAVID YAGER is President and CEO of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and former dean of the Arts Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). His research in using art and design to improve health care in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and his creation of the Innovation and Design Lab at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and UCSC made him a nationally recognized leader in the cross-over of art and science.
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Regardless of the field, how often are new ideas dismissed under the premise that “we’ve always done it this way?” We may be up against the misconception that innovative or non-traditional approaches will be cumbersome, misaligned, and impersonal. My work at the JHCC set out to prove the exact opposite—by using technologies creatively, we set patients’ and their families’ needs as top priority while maintaining or improving upon health outcomes.