Lorna Ross_

Lorna Ross_

Chief innovation officer, VHI Health & Wellbeing

Lorna’s design career spans 30 years, with stops in the world of fashion, wearable technology, robotics and, most recently, healthcare. She is a futurist at heart, recognised for her ability to anticipate shifts in the social, cultural and economic context for design. She was one of the pioneering researchers to focus on wearable technologies in the early ‘90s and built a reputation for research activity in this arena. She later identified the theme of health as an emerging arena for design to thrive.

Lorna founded and led the Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her vision was to employ human-centred design principles to address the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry. She subsequently built and led the design group at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation from 2009 to 2017, before returning to her native Ireland to take up the group director position at the Fjord design studio inside Accenture’s global R&D centre, The Dock.

While at Accenture, she founded and led the Human Insights Lab in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin before returning to healthcare with the VHI Health & Wellbeing group as its chief innovation officer. There, she leads out on clinical service transformation and digital health for VHI as well as the design of a unique digital medicine syllabus with its education partner, Royal College of Surgeons.