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.
“HUBweek showcases the best of Boston’s innovation culture, and our first year participating was a success by all measures,” said Adam Landman, MD, chief information officer at Brigham Health. “Attendees left not only knowing more about Brigham research and initiatives, but the content of several sessions also helped them feel knowledgeable and empowered in the face of crisis.”
Kovtun and Williams used their programming knowledge to develop innovative software to more easily manipulate 3-D imaging data, working on the project in their spare time outside of work. But when they faced funding obstacles in realizing their entrepreneurial vision, they turned to resources at BWH to take their project to the next level.
Initial seed funding from the BRI enabled them to shift their software from a weekend side project to a full-fledged academic research venture. Strategic commercialization guidance from iHub further accelerated the project’s movement, providing the duo with entrepreneurial advice and connecting them to business development resources. With iHub’s support, Kovtun and Williams could develop their idea and enter it into the Shark Tank competition.
The Building for Transformative Medicine (BTM) opened its doors to patients last October as a hub for state-of-the-art labs, outpatient clinical space and advanced imaging facilities. Located at 60 Fenwood Road, the building brings together researchers and clinicians from across multiple disciplines with a shared vision for collaboration, acceleration and translation of laboratory discoveries into novel treatments for patients.
The hospitals and health systems on this list have committed to keeping up with — or getting ahead of — the pace of change in healthcare. These hospitals formed dedicated centers and institutes for innovation, research and development. The products coming out of these programs range from technological, including medical devices, diagnostics and mobile health platforms, to clinical workflows, simulation and process improvements.
On Thursday, September 28, Brigham and Women’s Innovation Hub (iHub) speaker series met at the hospital’s building of Transformative Medicine to discuss their digital health innovation, both internally and with local-area startups. Speaker Adam Landman, Chief Information Officer of the BWH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and attending emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, had an open discussion with Laurance Stuntz, the Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI. They discussed the current climate for health care startups collaborating with major academic medical centers like BWH.
“We’re eager to be better partners to our colleagues at digital health startups and large vendors alike,” Landman said. “This platform will allow us to efficiently and securely share information and data that are essential to supporting the development of novel technologies that have the potential to ultimately improve the care of our patients.”
Mark Zhang, DO, MMSc, medical director of Digital Health Implementation, has worked closely with Adam Landman, MD, MS, MIS, MHS, chief information officer at Brigham Health, and staff from the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) and Partners IS to develop FixIt. With support from hospital leadership, the project was driven by the need to create a mobile-friendly site that could function as a hub for finding the appropriate facilities and operations contact information at BWH.