Elizabeth Johansen

Founder and principal consultant for Spark Health Design. Spark Health Design uses human-centered design to help our clients develop world-class technologies that lead to better health outcomes globally. We offer design research, user experience design, human factors engineering, program management, and human-centered design workshops. As a product design strategist, human factors engineer, and program lead, Elizabeth has contributed to seven products launched including healthcare apps, rapid diagnostic tests, drug delivery devices, consumer health packaging, and newborn medical devices. Notable products include Eli Lilly’s Kwikpen insulin injector (when working at IDEO); Jana Care’s improved Aina A1c point-of-care rapid diagnostic test app and kit for diabetes; and Design that Matters’ Firefly phototherapy device currently treating newborns with jaundice in hospitals in over twenty developing countries. Firefly has earned ten design awards including the Edison Gold, IDSA IDEA Silver, and Green Good Design. As adjunct faculty with Olin and Babson College’s Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship course, Elizabeth is currently advising a student team designing a newborn warmer with Design that Matters. Elizabeth is also a sought after speaker and facilitator who has taught design for social impact to hundreds of organizations, from small social enterprises to the largest bank in the world.

Elizabeth Johansen

Global Health Design Informs this Open Source Face Shield

April 30, 2020

The United States has more total wealth than any other nation and even here we have a shortage of...

Elizabeth Johansen

What to Do When FDA Approval Doesn’t Mean a Medical Device Is Safe

September 15, 2017

Does United States FDA regulatory approval mean a medical device is safe and effective in low-resource settings? The short...


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