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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.

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.

BWH Makes Innovation Interactive During HUBweek

“HUBweek showcases the best of Boston’s innovation culture, and our first year participating was a success by all measures,” said Adam Landman, MD, chief information officer at Brigham Health. “Attendees left not only knowing more about Brigham research and initiatives, but the content of several sessions also helped them feel knowledgeable and empowered in the face of crisis.”

Game Changers in 3-D Medical Imaging Manipulation

Kovtun and Williams used their programming knowledge to develop innovative software to more easily manipulate 3-D imaging data, working on the project in their spare time outside of work. But when they faced funding obstacles in realizing their entrepreneurial vision, they turned to resources at BWH to take their project to the next level.

Initial seed funding from the BRI enabled them to shift their software from a weekend side project to a full-fledged academic research venture. Strategic commercialization guidance from iHub further accelerated the project’s movement, providing the duo with entrepreneurial advice and connecting them to business development resources. With iHub’s support, Kovtun and Williams could develop their idea and enter it into the Shark Tank competition.

58 Hospitals with Innovation Programs (2017)

The hospitals and health systems on this list have committed to keeping up with — or getting ahead of — the pace of change in healthcare. These hospitals formed dedicated centers and institutes for innovation, research and development. The products coming out of these programs range from technological, including medical devices, diagnostics and mobile health platforms, to clinical workflows, simulation and process improvements.

Get to know: The “PULSE” of Boston’s Digital Health Community

By definition a pulse is the regular throbbing of arteries, cause by successive contractions of the heart. More simply put, a pulse is life. A pulse is movement. Is the body alive and working? Is it able to move, grow and thrive?

If you haven’t heard about PULSE@MassChallenge, then you are missing the “PULSE” of digital innovation in Boston. As a champion organization to PULSE, the Brigham Health iHub team  pitched this past Wednesday at the monthly PULSE CHECK. Learn more about the PULSE program below.

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.

‘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.

BWH Clinical and Research News: Look Who’s Talking

“The BTM has a great “water-cooler” effect: inviting spaces with comfortable seating and whiteboards are convenient for ad hoc team meetings and brainstorming, and people frequently stop by our office on the way to the conference center or research lab. Our most direct link to patients is our iHub Speaker Series which we have every month to encourage and facilitate discussion around digital health innovation.”