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Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Design with Patients in Mind

Leaders and Speakers at the 1st Annual Patient-Centered Design Reception


The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. (the Institute) was founded by Patients and Design Professionals with the purpose of giving patients a voice in the development of healthcare spaces. Healthcare providers, clinicians, and design teams spend countless hours defining the requirements of a healthcare facility. Although these are key individuals to develop a successful project, the end users - patients and families are often excluded from this process.

Since 2010, the Institute has sought to change this dynamic by bringing the voice of the patient to the design table.  


The Institute is a nonprofit organization established to improve the environment of care by addressing the needs of patients and their families through design.

Our mission is to contribute to the quality of healthcare delivery through patient-centered design advocacy, education and research.

Many designers lack first-hand experience in the hospital environment, and have little or no point of reference for critical design decisions that ultimately affect patients. Our organization seeks to raise awareness of the challenges that patients and their families face in the healthcare system to advocate for the appropriate environment of care and resources to promote desired outcomes.


The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. provides education and resources to healthcare providers and healthcare designers to address the needs of patients.