Once a promising futuristic industry, digital health is merging into mainstream medicine. Now in the limelight, conversations around how these digital tools should be validated are starting to take place.
But for startups, getting validation often means securing money and partners, creating potential barriers for young startups. Last night at Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs digital health event, industry experts dished on the why, when and how of validation.
In Massachusetts alone, the state has averaged 2,000 deaths per year, but has recently seen a slight decrease. “However, there is still so much more to do. We need to think about how we can use innovations, technology and this new spirit we have– because we are all in a unique position where we have the ability and the duty to address this,” urged Weiner.
At the April 2nd event, the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub and MassChallenge HealthTech brought together experts from across the Brigham and the Boston community to create an open environment to discuss the current state of the opioid crisis and share their insights, current innovations and initiatives, and how they believe innovation and technology can help us move forward to a brighter future.
“I was very naïve to opioid pain medicine,” Kelly shared during a Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) event, “Solving the Crisis with Opioid and Pain Innovations,” on April 2. “When people in my community saw my arm in a sling, they began to ask me what I had been given for pain medication and offered me money in exchange for it. It was fascinating — I remember asking myself, ‘Why do they care this much?’”
The iHub event, hosted in partnership with MassChallenge HealthTech, welcomed experts from across Brigham Health and the Boston digital health community to discuss current innovative initiatives and opportunities for future innovation in caring for and managing pain. Kelly was its keynote speaker.
The Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) recently welcomed a new managing director, Santosh Mohan, MMCi, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, and announced the transition of Haipeng (Mark) Zhang, DO, as iHub’s medical director.
“iHub aims to drive the safest, most patient-centered and efficient care through the use, development, evaluation and commercialization of digital health solutions,” said Adam Landman, MD, Brigham Health chief information officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Santosh and Mark to the iHub team. They are both talented, accomplished leaders who will help us achieve these goals and continue to position the Brigham as a leader in the digital transformation of health care.”
As visitors to any hospital can attest, navigation is no easy feat. Finding the right room, let alone the right department, is stressful — even more so when the health of a friend or loved one looms large.
With the coming of the new year, we here at the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub wanted to take the time to look back at the past year. Between our various community engagement initiatives, collaboration announcements, bringing Brigham innovative ideas to fruition and celebrating five years of innovation, we have been on our feet and laptops non-stop.
“It’s been an extraordinarily busy year for the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub,” said Mark Zhang, DO, MMSC, medical director for iHub. “As Brigham clinicians, researchers, and staff increasingly look towards digital solutions, the iHub team will continue to champion and support digital health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring for the iHub.”
Join iHub as we take a look back at 2018, and look forward to the years to come.
In November, a Massachusetts HealthCheck, sponsored by the Scottish Development International, was held where influencers in the Massachusetts ecosystem discussed the challenges and opportunities of driving innovation to ACOs. (The event was co-organized by MassChallenge HealthTech, Brigham and Women’s Digital Innovation Hub, Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), and Massachusetts Health Policy Commission.)