Surgical Preparation and Recovery Guide (recoupERAS)
recoupERAS is a mobile app designed to help prepare patients for surgery, guide them through the hospital stay, and help them recover faster, safer, and more easily from surgery. The recoupERAS app is a coach, reference tool, and educational resource all in one. The recoupERAS app is part of the Brigham Enhanced Recovery After Surgery efforts (ERAS®) initiative with the goal to reduce post-operative complications, shorten length of stay, and reduce hospital costs for undergoing surgery at BWH.
Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Matching, Development. recoupERAS is built on top of BMRP
Simple, Scalable Healthcare Data Exchange (Redox)
Redox enables an API layer on top of the electronic medical record and other data sources. The iHub sponsored Redox as a MassChallenge HealthTech Champion. Brigham and Women’s Hospital was the first Academic Medical Center to implement the Redox Engine as an API layer for healthcare applications.
Matching, Implementation, Validation
Surgical Scheduling Platform for Medical Device Vendors (TORq)
TORq is a HIPAA-compliant platform that connects medical device reps and hospitals during surgical planning. The iHub sponsored TORq as a MassChallenge HealthTech Champion and was the first hospital to test and validate TORq.
Coaching, Development, Matching, Implementation, Validation
Platform to Streamline Workflows and Accelerate Care for EMS and ED Teams (Twiage)
Founded by former BWH Internal Medicine resident, YiDing Yu, MD at a Brigham iHub Hackathon, Twiage has grown significantly from that initial idea. Twiage is an advanced cloud-based platform that uses best-in-class security technology to put telemedicine at the fingertips of emergency first responders and physicians to accelerate live-saving patient care.
By giving hospitals a complete picture of all incoming ambulances in one central location, Twiage helps hospitals efficiently manage resources for stroke, heart attack, sepsis, trauma, and infection disease requiring isolation to save time, save money, and save lives.
Ideation, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis
Virtual PSA Monitoring Program (VPSAM)
The Virtual PSA Monitoring Program (VPSAM) saves prostate cancer survivors travel time by leveraging technology to monitor for signs of recurring prostate cancer remotely using a combination of software and nurse practitioner lead remote encounters to provide care. Through VPSAM, patients get reminders to get their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels checked at participating sites closer to home. They also are monitored using a combination of telephone visits with a nurse practitioner and prostate cancer screening online questionnaires. Feedback from patients has been overwhelmingly positive: Over 90% of all patients questioned thought VPSAM made their healthcare easier, more convenient, and reduced travel related stress. Importantly, VPSAM virtual visits have increased the number of new patient slots within the department of radiation oncology, contributing to an overall increase in 15% gross revenue for the department since implementation. Read more about Rich Boyajian’s innovation idea here and published literature here.
Ideation, Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Development. BCRISP winner.
An Artificial Intelligence System for Brain Tumor Frozen Section Diagnosis
Dr. Jeffrey Golden and his team wanted to develop an AI system that employs state-of-the-art machine learning methods to diagnose frozen sections of brain tumor tissues. Doing this would help enable an accurate and real-time histopathology evaluation of the frozen tissue section to determine the optimal surgical intervention during brain cancer tumor removal.
The iHub’s Schlager Family Award for Early Stage Digital Health innovation enabled them to extend the AI platform to analyze frozen section slides and evaluate its clinical utility. Members of iHub also helped with consultation and presentation direction before award series.
Electronic Tablet Based System to Automate Obtaining & Documenting Individualized Symptom Descriptions
Currently patients visit physicians to discuss the solutions for their problems, but lose one-third of their time together to symptom descriptions. Although time consuming and a major contributor to physician burnout, symptom documentation remains necessary. Dr. Shin wanted to create a system that would document symptoms prior to the in person appointment.
The tablet-based system enables a virtual patient interview in advance of a face-to-face visit. It asks adaptive questions, based on patients’ ongoing responses, then completes the clinicians’ documentation for them. This frontline system makes clinical interactions more efficient and enables visits to be focused on discussing the patient needs instead of their symptoms.
Coaching, Strategy and Analysis, Matching, Development
Internet of Things Buttons for Real Time Notifications in Hospital Operations
Internet of Things (IoT) programmable buttons were deployed throughout the hospital to explore use cases for this technology. The IoT buttons, based off of the Amazon IoT button technology, were deployed by Dr. Chai, Brigham Environmental Services, and the iHub to give Brigham and Women’s Hospital visitors a way to alert staff when a public bathroom needed service.
Other use cases explored included restocking wheelchair depots in public area, alerting when hand sanitizers needed to be refilled, and using IoT buttons to alert staff that radiology is needed within Brigham operating rooms. Read more about the buttons here.
Ideation, Strategy and Development, Implementation, Validation
“There are a lot of simple, repetitive tasks that occur in a hospital that rely on human intervention. When you can just push a button that sets into a motion a series of events, it becomes much easier and faster to accomplish them, leading to a better experience for patients and employees.”
Dr. Peter Chai
Medical Role Playing Video Game (Healer)
The idea originally started from the Pulmonary Innovation Series held by the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub in May 2014. Dr. Abdulnour wanted to create an educational role-playing medical video game for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. This ultimately became known as The Healer project. The Healer project received funding from The New England Journal of Medicine.
Smartphone-Based Semen Quality Analysis for At-Home Male Fertility Assessments
Although male infertility is as common as female infertility, it often goes undiagnosed because of socioeconomic factors such as stigma, high cost of testing, and availability of laboratory facilities.
Dr. Shafiee and his team developed a smartphone based system for semen analysis that can be used to facilitate testing at home or in a remote clinic without access to laboratory equipment. The approach uses an inexpensive device that attaches directly to a phone and is operated through a smartphone application that automatically measures the vital statistics.
The system performed as well as clinical systems when tested by both trained and untrained users and is being used for human infertility, vasectomy testing, general health monitoring, and animal husbandry. The findings have been published in the Science Translational Medicine Medical Journal which can be viewed here.
Coaching, Matching, Strategy and Analysis, Fundraising