UPenn Nursing Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

Design Thinking for Health

An online platform that teaches nurses a new framework to tackle the complex challenges they see in their practice.

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About The Program

Here you will find the tools, resources, and inspiration needed to generate innovative solutions that impact health and healthcare in a rigorous and systematic way.

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a framework to generate innovative solutions through creative problem solving. It involves five stages: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test.

Whether you want to learn about a new topic or have an idea you want to take to fruition, you’re in the right place!

Case Studies

Click through the case studies below to see how inspiring nurse innovators used design thinking principles to create solutions to problems they saw in their practice.


Co-Founder of RightCare Solutions


Patented the first-ever foot care telehealth system


Helping elderly community members live more safely at home


Co-creating support strategies for cancer survivorship

Brooks Carthon

Executive director of THRIVE

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert

Co-Founder & CEO of Lumify Care

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Want to be inspired? Learn from other amazing nurse innovators and providers about design thinking and how they are using these tools to solve some tough health and healthcare problems.

Shawna Butler

EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence at Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands)

Marion Leary

Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing

Rebecca Love

Founder of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders (SONSIEL)



Want to be inspired? Learn more about all of the nurses, providers, and designers who contributed to our platform!

Regina Cunningham

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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Bon Ku

Thomas Jefferson University, Health Design Lab

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Erica Lewis

James Madison University, School of Nursing

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Nurse Innovators

Are you an aspiring nursing innovator interested in connecting with other nurse innovators? Have you created an innovation and would like to share it with our community? Fill out the form below to tell us all about it! Feel free to share a bit about yourself and your interests in innovation.