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Inside the Brigham: Innovation in Action

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Inside the Brigham: Innovation in Action

HUBweek 2017

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
3 - 6 p.m.


Explore innovation happening inside Brigham Health through an interactive scavenger hunt. You will have the opportunity to discover breakthrough research and cutting-edge technologies by finding Brigham Health clinicians, researchers, and staff using the Brigham’s new indoor navigation tool. Complete tasks and challenges as you find out what it’s like to be a doctor in space, co-create a digital experience, and learn how to save a life. During your adventure, you’ll have a chance to win various prizes. End your scavenger hunt by hearing pitches from this year’s BRIght Futures finalists and networking with the Brigham community and the greater Boston innovation ecosystem.


3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

HUBWeek visitors will check in at the registration desk, located in the Schlager Family Innovation Lobby (60 Fenwood Rd., ground floor), and will be given different route options to navigate the Brigham halls. Visitors will go on a scavenger hunt to different areas of the hospital where they will be presented with tasks and challenges from teams highlighted below: 


Co-Create the Brigham Health App for Patients and Visitors: Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Mobile apps are a great way for you to engage with your favorite vendors and brands – whether it’s a way to hail a ride home, view and manage your personal finances, order your essential morning coffee drink for a speedy pickup during your commute, stay entertained while traveling, or get the most out of your next visit to your favorite theme park. At Brigham Health, we want to make your experience as a patient or visitor more convenient and pleasant. 

Visitors will be able to help co-create the best digital experience by contributing their ideas and experiences to inform design of our mobile app – coming soon to a clinic near you:

  • Tell their health care experience stories (from being a patient, visiting loved ones, etc.)
  • Brainstorm app features.
  • Vote on top features.

Featured Innovators: Bev Hardy, Chen Cao, MPH, and Haipeng Zhang, DO, MMSc

About the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Brigham Innovation Hub launched in September 2013 as a resource center for innovators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to advance their ideas for improving care. Since then iHub has evolved into a broader digital health consulting team, supporting internal innovation and also bringing in leading-edge digital solutions to create the hospital of the future. Programs and infrastructure enable all members of the hospital community to engage, from residents to information technology to human resources. iHub also brings together key players in the vibrant Boston healthcare ecosystem and beyond, through collaborations with organizations such as Microsoft, Evidation Health, Harvard Business School, and Rock Health.

Want to learn more? Check out recent news highlights!

How Boston has transformed itself into a powerful digital health ecosystem

New Online Tool Helps BWHers Find and Fix Things

Redox adds first health system customer with
Brigham Health deal in push to expand interoperability

Exploring Digital Health Innovation at BWH


Be a Doctor in Space!: Presented by the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation

Visitors will see what it’s like to become a “Doctor in Space” by gearing up and stepping into a state-of-the-art space station medical bay: 

  • Step into a NASA Space suit and experience “blast-off”!
  • A fellow “astronaut” will complain of chest pain and difficulty breathing.
  • Under the guidance of an expert physician, get hands-on experience by treating the mock medical emergency.
  • Learn the basics of team work from world-renowned experts. 

Featured Innovators: Steven Yule, MA, MSc, PhD, Jamie Robertson, PhD, MPH

About the STRATUS Center:

The Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation is one of the most comprehensive and technologically-advanced medical training centers in the world, backed by the world-class experience of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. STRATUS uses state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities to customize educational experiences for learners of varying expertise.


Empowering Bystanders to Become Heroes: Rescue an Opioid Overdose Victim
Presented by Dr. Scott Weiner and Dr. Scott Goldberg, Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Using an advanced medical simulator, visitors will learn how to identify if someone is overdosing on opioids, and how to care for them and potentially save their life.

Featured Innovators: Scott Weiner, MD, MPH, Scott Goldberg, MD

Learn more about this project!

Ask the CAMTech Innovator: Jeff Lipton from GEMs Boxes

A Public Overdose. An Antidote at Hand. Would Passers-By Use It?


Stop the Bleed: Presented by the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation

Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to train bystanders to prevent an injured person from dying of blood loss. Locally, the program has been led by Dr. Eric Goralnick, the Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  His research has been used to train personnel at hospitals and Gillette Stadium this year. Visitors will learn life-saving techniques on how to use tourniquets to stop bleeding after a traumatic injury.

Featured Innovator: Dr. Justin McCarthy, DO

Learn more about this nationwide campaign and the amazing team behind it!

Marathon bombing victim builds on her recovery

Gillette Stadium gets Tourniquet Training

Boston Marathon bombing survivor helps open
Brigham and Women's Hospital's new trauma center

"Stepping Strong" Two Years After the Attacks

Tapping the best in people, to prepare for the worst



5:00 – 5:20 p.m.

Live BRIght Futures Event: Presented by the Brigham Research Institute

Join us for a special, live pitch session and help shape the future of research! Hear from the 2017 BRIght Futures finalists whose cutting-edge projects focus on using ultrasound waves to treat patients with epilepsy (Break the Shake: Ultrasound Treatment for Epilepsy); targeting cancer cells to treat brain tumors (Ready, Aim, Fire: Destroy Brain Cancer); and a pill people can take to help reverse type 2 diabetes (Surgery in a Pill: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes). Finalists will deliver short, engaging talks focused on how their ideas will solve a challenging problem and improve the lives of patients. The event will be livestreamed on BWH’s Facebook channel and will be available for viewing after the event for those who cannot attend in person. The public vote will determine which finalist will receive a $100,000 prize from the Brigham Research Institute to catalyze their innovative, translational research.  

Featured Innovators: 

Ellen Bubrick, MD

Collaborators: Nathan McDannold, PhD, Research Director, Therapeutic Ultrasound Lab and Focused Ultrasound Surgery, Spencer Brinker, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Radiology

Choi-Fong Cho, PhD

Collaborators: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, Chair of Neurosurgery, Bradley Pentelute, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Marcelo DiCarli, MD, Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Sean Lawler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Yuhan Lee, PhD

Collaborators: Jeffrey Karp, PhD, Biomedical Engineer, Division of Engineering in Medicine (Principal Investigator), Ali Tavakkoli, MD, Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Department of Surgery (Principal Investigator)

Want to learn more about the finalists? Check it out here!


5:20 – 6:00 p.m.

After the presentation portion of the event, the 2017 BRIght Futures finalists will share their research projects to HUBWeek visitors. Individual “perspective booths” will give the audience the opportunity to meet these innovators in person, ask any questions they may have about their projects and vote for a winner. This will take place in conjunction with an overall networking event, which will also feature expo tables highlighting other innovative teams and projects within Brigham Health.