Apple famously coined a phrase that has come to define our relationship with technology: “There’s an app for that.” The sentiment behind the 2009 slogan continues to resonate today in health care, as seen in the cutting-edge apps and gadgets showcased at a recent symposium hosted by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub).
Recently, 13 rising stars in science, medicine and innovation at the Brigham were named on two separate “40 under 40” lists for their work to improve health care. The lists were compiled by Medtech Boston, an online publication highlighting medical innovation, and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a research and educational organization that strives to prepare the U.S. health system to provide optimal care for a diverse society.
On April 25th, the Brigham Innovation Hub Speaker Series will bring together a panel of pharma experts to discuss the current relationship between pharma and digital health, and how it will evolve in the future. The panel will include Rachel Sha from Sanofi, Luba Greenwood from Roche, Aman Bhandari from Merck, and Matt Schumacher from UCB; moderated by Naomi Fried from Health Innovation Strategies.
Before setting up the stools and microphones, we wanted to hear what the panel members already had on their minds. Pulling from their work and personal experiences, they shared with us some of their views and visions on the relationship between digital health and the pharma industry.
The idea came to Hadi Shafiee, PhD: what if you could use a cell phone to test for male infertility from the comfort of your own home? Shafiee’s lab at BWH focuses on developing technologies that use micro and nano-fabrication – devices with dimensions less than a millionth of a millimeter. The team has developed tools with applications in medicine and biology including point-of-care diagnostics for global health. But they had never developed something to test for infertility. To bring his inspiration from idea to reality, Shafiee would need the help of many experts outside of his lab.
Our digital technologies have been the answer to many of our daily hassles and challenges. It is a path we as society have entered and don’t plan on leaving. Could this be the path that the healthcare industry is moving too?
April iHub Speaker Series: David Feygin, Chief Digital Health Officer and VP of Information Technology, Boston Scientific.
The research team funded its efforts through a $10,000 Innovation Hub grant from Brigham and Women’s hospital. Petrozza anticipates that as designed, the tests could help customers identify a possible problem and prompt them make an appointment sooner. He also could foresee a day when the device could be synched to the cloud, allowing doctors to monitor patients’ fertility remotely.
“The BTM has a great “water-cooler” effect: inviting spaces with comfortable seating and whiteboards are convenient for ad hoc team meetings and brainstorming, and people frequently stop by our office on the way to the conference center or research lab. Our most direct link to patients is our iHub Speaker Series which we have every month to encourage and facilitate discussion around digital health innovation."
The last time a survey showed that doctors love medicine because of their EMR (Electronic Medical Record) was … never. And that is probably a good thing. But what is troubling— and for too many doctors — frustrating, is that EMRs are getting in the way of what makes medicine a rewarding career: Patient Care.
What if we imagined every day was a day without a woman? What would society have looked like without the contributions of women? More specifically – where would the digital health and healthcare world be without women today? Let us take a trip back in history and look at some of the early women, who helped lay the foundation for the innovative world we live in today.