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Chris McCarthy


Vice President, Strategy & Design / Staff

Chris McCarthy is the Vice President of Strategy & Design at Hopelab where he is excited to deepen its impact on the health and wellness of young people through design and systems thinking. He is also the founder of the Innovation Learning Network.

His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review (Sept 2010), Bisognano and Kenney’s “Pursuing the Triple Aim: Seven Innovators Show the Way to Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs” (2012) as well as FastCompany, the New York Times and many more. In his previous role at Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Consultancy, he tackled safer medication administration for patients, more robust shift changes for nurses, exploring the social space of elders, and the care experience of transgender people.

As an author, he collaborated with Lyle Berkowitz, MD on “Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare” (2012), and with Lisa Schilling on Schall’s “Spreading Improvement Across Your Health Care Organization” (2007). You can find his quirky design blog at He was named the 2015 H.I.T. Innovator and the 2011 Ellerbe Beckett Lecturer. And is an international speaker on innovation and design.

Chris has a master’s in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Copenhagen Business School, and a master’s in public health in Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he obsesses about fitness and an occasional doughnut.

Content written by Chris McCarthy

The Space Between

The space between suicide, technology, and loneliness: Chris McCarthy reflects on Jaha Koo’s deeply moving performance at Seattle’s On the Boards.

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The Bridge of Co: Creation, Design, & Transformation
The Future of Healthcare

The day focused on how we can support and enhance the lives of young people through creation, design, and transformation.

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The Fusing of Science and Design
The Future of Healthcare

VP of Strategy & Design, Chris McCarthy reflects, “the essential elements of innovation are never fused, but instead are in a perpetual state of fusing…”

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Complementary Missions
The Future of Healthcare

There is such a focus on the not-for-profit and for-profit identities, that it inhibits creative, future-forward thinking. Instead focus on the mission and outcomes.

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The Duality
The Future of Healthcare

For Hopelab, the struggle is the total impact of tech on young people. The press vacillates between “love it” and “hate it”, and we seem to be in the “tech is bad” period.

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