You Can Do A Lot With A Small Team: 2018 iHub Year In Review

You Can Do A Lot With A Small Team: 2018 iHub Year In Review

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.

How Will Innovation Impact Accountable Care Organizations and Healthcare in Massachusetts?

How Will Innovation Impact Accountable Care Organizations and Healthcare in Massachusetts?

In November, a Massachusetts HealthCheck, sponsored by the Scottish Development International, was held where influencers in the Massachusetts ecosystem discussed the challenges and opportunities of driving innovation to ACOs. (The event was co-organized by MassChallenge HealthTech, Brigham and Women’s Digital Innovation Hub, Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), and Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.)

Mullen Receives UMass Outstanding Junior Alumni Award, Elected Board President of IHCD

Mullen Receives UMass Outstanding Junior Alumni Award, Elected Board President of IHCD

Brian Mullen, PhD, innovation strategy manager for the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub), was named a 2018 Outstanding Junior Alumni award winner by the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst College of Engineering and president of the board for the Institute of Human Centered Design (IHCD).

Roundtables and Panel Discussions Plunge into Ethics, Advancements in Biomedicine

Roundtables and Panel Discussions Plunge into Ethics, Advancements in Biomedicine

Researchers, innovators, journalists, collaborators and patients shared insights on topics ranging from weight loss strategies to confronting opioid addiction to fighting cancer. Panelists and audience members took on tough questions around ethics, privacy and disparities in genomic medicine. A patient shared his life-changing experience of receiving a lung transplant made possible for Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion. A preeminent expert on sleep shared evidence-based tips on how to sleep better at night. A request for important research considerations at the gender-informed medicine session yielded a wall full of audience responses. Read on to catch these moments and more, highlighted by CRN’s staff.

66 hospitals and health systems with innovation programs | 2018

66 hospitals and health systems with innovation programs | 2018

The hospitals and health systems on this list have committed to staying on the forefront of change in healthcare. The hospitals have dedicated departments, institutes and organizations to promote research, development and innovation. Several of the centers include process redesign, care delivery and coordination improvement initiatives; others incubate new ideas for integrating IT into healthcare delivery. Departments featured on this list also support surgeons and researchers in obtaining patents and bringing their ideas for medical devices, diagnostics and mobile health platforms into reality.

A Harvard hospital explains why its best startup yet is one that sends you texts about your poop

A Harvard hospital explains why its best startup yet is one that sends you texts about your poop

"Both saw decreases in no show rates of over 30%. That's a very significant ROI right then and there," said Adam Landman, the chief information officer of Brigham Health.

The startup is called Medumo, and the experiment is part of a strategic collaboration between PULSE@MassChallenge and the Brigham Innovation Hub, which the health system started in 2013 with the mission of testing new ideas in clinical settings. Brigham Health has tested out some early stage pilots and studies to see what parts of new technology does and doesn't work.

The innovation hub also serves as a connection point between clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists.

Aetna's new app, telehealth debate, and more news and views from CHC 2018

Aetna's new app, telehealth debate, and more news and views from CHC 2018

Voice tech company Orbita and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Digital Innovation Hub have announced a new partnership that will explore “very specific, high-value use cases” for voice and chatbot capabilities enabled through the cloud-based Orbita Voice platform. 

“[The Digital Innovation Hub] bring a deep understanding of the security implementations of these kinds of solutions, so we couldn’t be happier with the partnership relationship,” Nathan Treloar, president and cofounder of Orbita, said during a press event this morning.

Orbita Takes Steps to Drive Innovation in Conversational AI and Voice Technology Solutions for Health Care

Orbita Takes Steps to Drive Innovation in Conversational AI and Voice Technology Solutions for Health Care

Orbita and team members from Brigham and Women's Hospital Digital Innovation Hub will be working together to explore and advance the use of voice-enabled and conversational AI solutions in health care. The organizations will collaborate on innovation of digital health care applications that leverage voice assistants, chatbots, and other conversational user interfaces to improve patient engagement, remote care, clinical efficiency and business processes.

Disrupting Medicine: Power in Community

Disrupting Medicine: Power in Community

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.