With funding from the Brigham Care Redesign Incubator Startup Program (BCRISP) and additional support from the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub), a multidisciplinary team has been using a texting tool, developed by a company called Medumo, to provide patients with a digital colonoscopy prep guide in advance of their procedure.
It has been an amazing year for Brigham Health innovation and research. Check out just some of the highlights and successes from 2017.
For about two years now, an interdisciplinary team at BWH has been working diligently to build and test the online navigation tool. Josie Elias, MBA, MPH, program manager for Digital Health Initiatives at the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub), who has led the project since its inception, said she’s proud of what the teams have accomplished and hopes people find the tool to be useful.
Last week, we kicked off our "Leaders in Innovation" blog series with a spotlight on Roy Rosin of PennMedicine. The goal of this series is to hear from the actual people driving the adoption of innovative technologies in healthcare—and learn about the initiatives they're most excited about in 2018.
This week, Innovation Analyst Chen Cao of Brigham and Women's Hospital discusses how their innovation department (iHub) focused on building a culture of collaboration in 2017, and what pain points they're looking to address in the new year.
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.
“As iHub was working with clinicians and the research community, we started to hear requests from folks saying they wanted to use a mobile app to do some research with their patients,” said Josie Elias, program manager, Digital Health Innovation at iHub. “They wanted a platform that would give them both security and flexibility. We wanted to help them innovate. Together, we created a platform that would offer them the basic tools and standard functions needed to create and launch an app tailored to their study’s needs.”
When it comes to conducting population-based research studies there are many limitations when doing research in the hospital or lab setting. It is almost impossible to get accurate and real-time data. For example, many studies rely upon people recalling what they did, what they ate, and how they felt weeks before their face to face appointment. You can get tacos in 15 minutes using your phone. But if your endocrinologist asked you what you ate for dinner two weeks ago, would you be able to tell him? Using a phone as a data collection tool can give the patient the ability to update their symptoms, and activities in real time in a way that they are already familiar with.
The Brigham Mobile Research Platform, supported by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, is a suite of tools that speed the process to initiate new research app-based protocols, recruit and retain participants, and simplify data collection, analytics and research operations.
Amazon’s Dash Buttons have made it easier than ever for its customers to instantly order items that need frequent replenishment, all with the push of a button. A pilot project at the Brigham has adapted the same technology to deliver that convenience and innovation in a health care environment, starting in an unexpected place: the hospital’s public restrooms.
The Brigham Research Institute (BRI) and Brigham community are currently gearing up for the sixth annual Discover Brigham event being held on Thursday, November 9th. Formerly known as Research Day, Discover Brigham aims to highlight research and innovation happening at the Brigham focusing on science, technology and medicine. This half-day event allows members of both the Brigham and Greater Boston community to explore the science, technology and medicine happening in their own backyard.