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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.

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.

Iron Man Meets iHub: Resident Follows His Superhero’s Path to Innovation

Iron Man Meets iHub: Resident Follows His Superhero’s Path to Innovation

When I walked into the iHub Open Innovation Studio on my first day, I was transported into a Silicon Valley-like workspace. The walls were bright blue and green. Large white boards covered portions of the walls with timelines, checkboxes and neon Post-it notes. Snacks and iHub swag sat on the large conference table in the middle of the room. Floor-to-ceiling windows extended the openness into the hallway. I felt my inner Tony Stark brimming with excitement. If you enjoy this kind of setting and health care innovation, this elective is for you!

Five lessons on innovation from Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals

Five lessons on innovation from Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals

Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the approach to fostering internal and external innovation is deliberate, thought out, and informed by years of experience. At HXD 2018 in Cambridge yesterday, Julia Jackson, managing director of Massachusetts General’s Healthcare Transformation Lab and Josie Elias, program manager for Brigham’s Digital Health Innovation Guide, broke down some of the most important lessons they’ve learned.

At PULSE@MassChallenge Finale, Medumo announces strategic collaboration with Partners HealthCare to scale digital care navigation pathways

At PULSE@MassChallenge Finale, Medumo announces strategic collaboration with Partners HealthCare to scale digital care navigation pathways

Medumo, a leading patient navigation platform, announced a new strategic collaboration with Partners HealthCare at the second annual PULSE@MassChallenge Finale. This relationship will scale Medumo digital care navigation pathways (CareTours™) in care access, patient encounter preparation and follow-up, and many other clinical or administrative areas across Partners institutions. Medumo CareTours™ use multilingual SMS, email, and web-based applications to automate delivery of precisely timed instructions and patient risk assessment through every stage of a care encounter, improving clinical outcomes and operational efficiency.

A Nurse’s Innovation: “Virtual Monitoring” Increases Access, Decreases Travel

A Nurse’s Innovation: “Virtual Monitoring” Increases Access, Decreases Travel

A nurse practitioner in the department of radiation oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boyajian manages the monitoring visits required for men who have been treated for prostate cancer. The good news for these patients is the high success rates for men who receive treatment. But they must follow-up regularly with blood tests to check for early signs of recurrence and with physician visits to report any symptoms.

Reversing the Tide of the Opioid Crisis

Reversing the Tide of the Opioid Crisis

BWH clinicians and researchers across departments and divisions are working to find new ways to stem the tide of opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths. Brian Mullen, PhD, of the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub), and Scott Weiner, MD, MPH, of the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of the Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response and Education (B-CORE) Program, are working to bring innovators together to share ideas and resources. They have collected information on more than a dozen BWH projects so far.

Look Who’s Talking: Which Female Innovator Inspires You?

Look Who’s Talking: Which Female Innovator Inspires You?

“Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail at Apple, inspires me because of her innovative spirit, ability to execute on bold, forward visions, while also exemplifying the core values of humility and compassion. Quickly rising to the top of the fashion industry, she helped transform Burberry into an iconic, global brand. Now, Angela leads the evolution of Apple’s retail experience for the next generation, leveraging technology and innovation to marry the physical and digital realms.”