Innovation Hub Blog
With the coming of the new year, we here at the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub wanted to take the time to look back at the past year. Between our various community engagement initiatives, collaboration announcements, bringing Brigham innovative ideas to fruition and celebrating five years of innovation, we have been on our feet and laptops non-stop.
“It’s been an extraordinarily busy year for the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub,” said Mark Zhang, DO, MMSC, medical director for iHub. “As Brigham clinicians, researchers, and staff increasingly look towards digital solutions, the iHub team will continue to champion and support digital health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring for the iHub.”
Join iHub as we take a look back at 2018, and look forward to the years to come.
Over the years, iHub has had the honor to work with innovators spanning many Brigham departments, academic levels and interest areas. Brigham innovators have made extraordinary progress in improving patient care and advancing groundbreaking research.
To honor some of these outstanding innovators, iHub gave out several awards this year at a celebration of its fifth “birthday,” including its inaugural “Disrupting Medicine” award. The recipient or recipients of this award will embody the characteristics of the innovators that inspired the creation of iHub in 2013. Innovators who have the passion to enable change, the courage to pursue high reward in the face of high risk, the creativity to get the job done, and the ability to make innovation accessible to all.
With all innovation projects there are limited funds, time and effort (this is sometimes more constrained in the clinical setting). Because of these challenges, it is key to be strategic and efficient with how to use those precious resources. iHub works to help move through innovation in a strategic way. The key to success is having patience, discipline, and rigor in the early stages of the design and development process.
When Karen Fasciano, PsyD, came to iHub, our conversation was different: as the Program Director for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Young Adult Program (YAP), Karen and her team had a clear vision for why they wanted to build an app.
How co-founders of Herald Health leveraged their frustration, knowledge and connections to position their product for success
Believe us when we say we know that navigating the health care space is easier said than done. Here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we aim to be the digital health collaborator of choice. Innovators and entrepreneurs know that no matter how cleverly their solution addresses an unmet need, in order to succeed, they need to team up with the right collaborators to support and accelerate their ideas. Take the story of Brad Diephuis, MD, MBA, a former resident at the Brigham, and co-founder Andrew Hillis, PhD, who had a great idea – and got the help they needed to navigate the right paths within the Brigham.
It has been a few weeks, but as a first-time attendee, being a part of HIMSS made a lasting impression as I took a deep dive into the world of health IT. It was a hard not to get distracted by the shiny, new, and attractive technologies at vendor booths while also trying to consume an endless buffet of educational sessions.
Some of the main reasons digital health startups tend to land in pilot purgatory is that innovators lack clarity on the process to pilot new digital solutions, don’t engage with the right stakeholders, and don’t align their project with an institution’s strategic priorities. Some simply give up, underestimating the bureaucracy and often risk-intolerance of a large, complex institution and resulting long sales cycles.
Targeted use of funds to quickly test an early idea has great value to advancing your idea, and can help you hit a key milestone that will verify that your idea might have commercial potential and warrants further investment, resources and support. Read this blog to find out three ways to use $25,000 to buy your time, purchase tools, or bring in expertise each with specific examples or actions that can be taken.
Field notes from a Brigham Innovation Manager at JPM18
The business cards are sorted, the follow-up e-mails have been sent, and my Twitter thumb muscles are iced and recovered – that’s right, #JPM18 is over.
There are a thousand articles recapping health care trends, “startups to watch” and #overheard moments this week as we all head back to our offices. There are plenty of reporters and thought leaders more JPM-seasoned than I am, so I’ll leave that to the pros.
Instead, I’ll cover why I believe hospital innovation teams can benefit from attending.
As “the Hub,” Boston is widely recognized for bringing together some of the best and most innovative institutions and minds. At Brigham Health, iHub serves a similar connector role for the digital health community, by linking internal innovators with each other, and introducing them to external companies and neighboring organizations. More recently, we’ve extended that network to introduce promising startups and companies we’ve met to our sister innovation teams across Partners HealthCare.