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.

The Digital Innovation Hub: Five Years of Incubating Innovation

The Digital Innovation Hub: Five Years of Incubating Innovation

A good idea is just an idea—until it finds champions to make it a real-life innovation. Institutions across Partners HealthCare are energized to embrace that spark. That was the vision behind the launch of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) in 2013, when 72% of surveyed BWH employees said they had an innovative idea but didn’t know how to make it a reality.

BWH Asthma App Sustains Patient-Provider Communication Between Visits

BWH Asthma App Sustains Patient-Provider Communication Between Visits

For patients with moderate to severe asthma, it’s not uncommon to see a pulmonologist or allergist for routine follow-up appointments at three- to six-month intervals. But a lot can happen in between those visits, and patients don’t always call their provider when their symptoms worsen – sometimes misjudging a significant deterioration of breathing as allergies, a cold or simply not bad enough to merit the hassle of trying to book another appointment.

Two innovators are confident that window of opportunity could be pried open with digital health tools. David Bates, MD, chief of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care and medical director of the Partners HealthCare Center for Clinical and Quality Analysis, and Bob Rudin, information scientist at the RAND Corporation, have teamed up to create an app that can help patients track their symptoms between appointments.

Getting Back to Face Time: AI Tools that Help Reduce Physicians’ Computer Use

Getting Back to Face Time: AI Tools that Help Reduce Physicians’ Computer Use

Just as computers have propelled major advances in modern medicine, their presence has also become a significant burden. That’s because the amount of time physicians now spend on the computer — reviewing clinical data and completing required documentation in electronic health records (EHRs) — has soared. It is estimated that physicians spend roughly half of their day on documentation and less than a third with their patients. Put another way, for each hour of face-to-face interaction with patients, physicians log almost two hours on administrative computer tasks. Moreover, many physicians spend time at home, typically one to two hours each night, to stay abreast of their computer work.

iHub Celebrates 5 Years of Innovation at the Brigham

iHub Celebrates 5 Years of Innovation at the Brigham

On Sept. 12, more than 200 clinicians, scientists, staff and entrepreneurs commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) during a celebration of innovation and digital advancement at BWH and beyond.

The half-day event, “iHub Turns 5,” featured panel discussions with BWH innovators, iHub alumni and senior leaders from the Brigham and Partners HealthCare in the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine.

Running and Championing Digital Health Accelerators

Running and Championing Digital Health Accelerators

Some of you will know that HealthXL started life as an accelerator of early stage digital health companies. It was the hardest thing we have ever done and hats off to those to continue down this road. We changed course almost 5 years ago as we recognised the major challenges associated with the long term sustainability of the accelerator model in healthcare. Today, our clients are leading global healthcare and life-science firms who are looking for innovation. And it is interesting to see many of them launching or running accelerators in search of innovation.  Are they right ? Will there be success where we (HealthXL) failed?

Persistent Systems Acquires Herald Health™, Transforming Healthcare Data Overload Into Clear and Actionable Insights

Persistent Systems Acquires Herald Health™, Transforming Healthcare Data Overload Into Clear and Actionable Insights

Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT) today announced the acquisition of Herald Health™, a start-up created to transform the data overload swamping healthcare professionals into clear and actionable insights. Born out of a hackathon sponsored by the Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2015, Herald Health has developed a nationally recognized product bringing intelligent workflows and care delivery processes needed for digital transformation in healthcare. Herald Health has earned multiple awards for its innovative design, including 1st place in the Department of Health and Human Services Provider User-Experience Challenge.