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).
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.
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.
In the “Future of HealthTech” talk included leaders Josie Elias, Program Manager of the Digital Health Innovation Group at Brigham and Women’s Digital Innovation Hub; Adam Landman, CIO at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Brad Diephius, CEO of Herald Health.
During this fireside, the panelists shared their story of a successful partnership between Herald Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Brad Diephius shared his insights on partnering with a large healthcare stakeholder, which resulted in impacting the “data overload” problem in health.
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.
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.
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?
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!
When diagnosed with cancer, it’s natural for a patient to focus on the physical treatments – surgery, radiation, chemotherapy – needed to beat the disease. But the emotional and mental health dimensions of a cancer diagnosis can be overlooked – feelings of anxiety, depression, loss, isolation, anger and more can interplay with illness, exacerbating a stressful and difficult time in a person’s life. This is especially true for young adults with cancer. Young adulthood is the most likely time for the onset of mental health difficulties, and it can be challenging for young people to identify and express the complex emotions that come with cancer.
On a recent spring evening, eight research teams from across the Brigham presented in front of a panel of scientific experts, donors and trustees and invited them to explore the brain with a neurosurgeon; envision a new animal model for heart failure; imagine a day when we can transplant an eye; watch a device that can detect the cause of a drug overdose in action; discover how salamanders heal without scars; and more. During their five-minute pitches, each team made a case for why the panelists should vote for their high-risk, high-reward project to receive seed funding. After a five-minute question and answer session, each team was escorted back to the waiting area to await the panel’s ultimate decision.