Ellen Kourakos is Chief Operations Officer at Health for America. Ellen has gained a reputation for being at the cutting edge of digital health technology development, using psychology and human-centered design in the creation of high-impact and low-cost health solutions. Previously a research and development engineer at the global medical technology firm CareFusion, Ellen accepted a year-long Fellowship with Health for America in 2014, during which she and her colleagues created a new startup that builds high tech but low-cost health products. As Chief Operations Officer at Health for America, Ellen is developing healthcare-specific design thinking and lean startup programming and expanding Health for America’s healthtech, clinical, and innovation partnerships. Ellen is a manufacturing and design engineer by training, earning her degree at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.
Mobile Development for Public Health
What are the biggest challenges in public health, and what role can mobile phones and mobile apps play in saving lives?