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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.

Cleaner Restrooms with the Push of a Button

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.

BWH Looks to Solve Critical Challenges with Startup Partnerships

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.

New Online Tool Helps BWHers Find and Fix Things

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.

Men’s Health Month: The Future of Digital Fertility

More than 45 million couples worldwide experience challenges when trying to get pregnant. The eye-opening conversation with a doctor that brings to light the reality that you may not be able to grow your family in the way you always envisioned, can be heartbreaking. When the issue arises, the spotlight seems to automatically focus in on the woman. Despite men making up half our population, men’s health topics are not commonly discussed – in particular, men’s fertility. Supported by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub and Brigham and Women’s Translational Accelerator, the team of Hadi Shafiee, PhD, a scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has created a smartphone-based test and application that can measure the quality of sperm and ultimately change the direction in patient care when it comes to male fertility issues.

Exploring Digital Health Innovation at BWH

Apple famously coined a phrase that has come to define our relationship with technology: “There’s an app for that.” The sentiment behind the 2009 slogan continues to resonate today in health care, as seen in the cutting-edge apps and gadgets showcased at a recent symposium hosted by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub).

‘40 Under 40’ Lists Honor Brigham Staff

Recently, 13 rising stars in science, medicine and innovation at the Brigham were named on two separate “40 under 40” lists for their work to improve health care. The lists were compiled by Medtech Boston, an online publication highlighting medical innovation, and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a research and educational organization that strives to prepare the U.S. health system to provide optimal care for a diverse society.