Visual Tool to Understand Lumpectomy Outcomes (BeautyMarks)
BeautyMarks provides a resource for both patients and clinicians to have a more informed discussion around lumpectomy surgery. This database holds various images of women’s breasts after undergoing lumpectomy surgery, which the patient can then filter by skin color, size of breasts, tumor size, body weight, location, and patient demographics in order to help envision what their breasts could look like after surgery.
Ideation, Matching, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Development
Making the Virtual Biopsy a Reality (BrainSpec)
Brainspec is a secure cloud-based software platform that provides a “virtual biopsy” using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS). Brainspec combines the latest in processing technology with an intuitive and accessible interface to put all the power of MR spectroscopy in the hands of doctors everywhere. Each scanning protocol comes with a complete set of automatic reports generated for each examined case, bringing together the most important information from the exam in one easy to reference place.
Brainspec was formed in 2015 after a BWH iHub lead brainstorming session. The idea ultimately was spun out of Brigham Health and was part of the 2017 Techstars Boston cohort.
Ideation, Matching, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis
Brigham Comprehensive Opioid Response Education Program (B-CORE)
The U.S is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and Massachusetts has suffered disproportionately. In response, we have launched the Brigham Comprehensive Response and Education (B-CORE) Program. This program is designed to serve the entire Brigham Health system to address all aspects of opioids as they relate to patients and our community.
In close collaboration with the iHub, B-CORE launched the Opioid and Pain Innovation Program, a multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty endeavor to facilitate research and innovation for academicians from across Brigham Health who are working hard to address the epidemic.
Coaching, Strategy and Analysis
The Augmented and Virtual Reality in Oncology Lab (DICOM VR)
The DICOM VR team has developed a cutting-edge platform for fast and efficient viewing and manipulation of standard 3D medical scans such as CT, MRI or ultrasound using a virtual reality interface. Their goal is to create safer radiation therapy and surgical plans for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
This system enables:
- standard volumetric imaging scans to be viewed and manipulated in a fully intuitive room-scale 3D environment
- multiple users to interactively work in the same virtual environment from different locations
- modules for medical education and patient engagement
Ideation, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Matching to funds
Platform Delivering Intelligent Workflows and Care Delivery Processes (Herald Health)
Herald Health aims to help providers deliver responsive care with actionable data. The platform flexibly integrates with and plugs into existing workflows and data streams, sending important, timely and customizable information through push notifications, such as meaningful changes in medical profiles.
Dr. Diephuis started his journey as a computer scientist and an Internal Medicine resident here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, positioning himself as a unique and enterprising innovator with a knack for spotting pain points. He co-founded and launched Herald Health in 2015 during the third iHub Hackathon. Herald Health was acquired by Persistent Systems in 2018.
“Sometimes ideas can just sit in notebooks for a long time, but being a part of the Brigham community really gave us the ability to bring the right people together in order to bring Herald Health to life,” explains Diephuis. “Being part of the Hackathon gave us access to connect with the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, and to receive the Health IT mentorship and perspective from Adam Landman, MD, CIO of Brigham Health. They were able to guide us and tell us if this idea was worth it.”
Ideation, Coaching, Matching, Strategy and Analysis, Development, Implemention, Validation
Hospital Voice Assistant Skill
Navigating inside a busy hospital can be a stressful experience, with both patients and visitors often needing assistance knowing where to go and what to do. For a busy care-giving organization, this is can be a difficult need to predict and consistently address. The Faulkner Voice Assistant is a voice based, in-hospital information guide which provides a new and interactive experience for hospital visitors, enabling them to ask information desk focused questions, through strategically placed smart speaker devices within the hospital. Created at Brigham Health, the Faulkner Voice Assistant is one example of how the iHub is exploring avenues to leverage voice technology to enhance the hospital experience.
Ideation, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Development, Implementation
Social Platform to Address the Emotional Needs of Young Adults with Cancer (Iaya)
Iaya is a smartphone application custom developed and launched within the BWH/DFCI network which addresses the emotional needs of young adults coping with cancer. Iaya focuses on easing and understanding strong emotions, dealing with uncertainty, effectively communicating with caregivers, and helping with the feeling of being alone. Since initial development, the Iaya team was awarded a $500k grant to test the feasibility of the application.
Ideation, Matching, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Development
Indoor Wayfinding Solution (LogicJunction)
LogicJunction provides scalable indoor navigation systems. The iHub team worked closely with LogicJunction to enable digital wayfinding tools at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.
Strategy and Analysis, Implementation, Validation
Intelligent Platform to Guide, Track, and Triage Patients (Medumo)
A startup co-founded by a Brigham and Women’s Hospital resident, Medumo utilizes a multichannel approach including SMS, phone, paper mailings to reach patients at every step in their care. The iHub was an early sponsor of Medumo including championing the company in MassChallenge HealthTech. The iHub supported the key validation pilot study at BWH in colonoscopy appointment reminders, demonstrating ROI using the Medumo solution. Medumo has since been acquired by Royal Philips.
Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Implementation, Validation, Matching
Conversational AI for Healthcare (Orbita)
Orbita helps healthcare organizations utilize voice assistants, chatbots, and other conversational AI technologies to engage patients, improve care, and reduce costs. The iHub supported multiple internal innovators in the utilization of the Orbita platform to create exploratory conversational AI based clinical and research tools. The iHub also facilitated a collaboration between Janssen, Orbita, and the BWH Department of Medicine Rheumatology, Immunology to create a voice interface for a Rheumatoid Arthritis application.
Education, Matching, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Implementation, Development