2017 Innovators’ Showcase spotlights healthcare decision support

2017 Innovator's Showcase Boston Children's Hospital

Healthcare innovations will be on display next week — April 12 — at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator’s annual showcase. The event, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., will be kicked off by a discussion on clinical decision support with Doug Perrin, a bioengineer/computer scientist in Cardiac Surgery at Boston Children’s and Garry Steil, who is developing a glucose control technology for diabetes patients at the hospital.

Exhibits, demos and mingling will take place in the Patient Entertainment Center off the main hospital lobby (300 Longwood Avenue, Boston).

Among the roughly 20 apps, ventures and technologies on display:

  • Circulation: Can Uber help improve health care outcomes by bringing patients to their appointments? Boston Children’s joined forces last year with the ride-hailing service to develop an online, HIPAA-compliant tool that connects with health care information systems, enabling hospitals to schedule Uber rides for patients. Find out how their pilots are going.
  • Herald Health: Boston Children’s and Cerner have partnered with Herald Health, which seeks to provide a better electronic medical record (EMR) experience for clinicians. With support from PULSE@MassChallenge, it allows providers to customize the EMR to match their needs using SMART on FHIR application programming interfaces. Read more on Cerner’s blog and in this post by Herald Health’s Brad Diephuis and Andrew Hillis.
  • Caremap is in development to be Boston Children’s first Apple CareKit app. It’s designed to facilitate integrated care for medically complex children and help parents manage their child’s illness. Developed in collaboration with Duke Health, it allows patients and families to take charge of their healthcare data, store it securely and readily share it across healthcare institutions.
  • Lexosaurus: Developmental dyslexia, which affects 10 to 12 percent of all children, is usually diagnosed only after a child has begun to fail at reading. Yet Nadine Gaab, PhD, has shown that an increased risk for dyslexia can be identified at younger ages. Lexosaurus is a mobile platform that enables parents, teachers and clinicians to conduct research-proven assessments in 30 minutes. As Gaab states in this blog post, most children identified as “at risk” can attain average reading ability with early intervention.
  • Luminopia was born when two undergraduates took a leave from Harvard to find a way to treat amblyopia (lazy eye) without using eyepatches, which kids hate. They’ve developed a virtual reality content platform that’s more fun and more efficient. Currently in a small clinical trial at Boston Children’s, the platform compels kids to use their good eye to fully appreciate the VR images. Luminopia was a 2016 Silver Winner of the MassChallenge and one of two 2017 winners of SXSW’s Impact Pediatric Health startup pitch competition.
  • NumberOne is creating a solution for stress urinary incontinence: a wearable device with specialized sensors that will allow users to comfortably and privately perform state-of-the-art pelvic floor muscle biofeedback therapy. As we described last fall, Bluetooth connection would send real-time feedback to users’ smartphone so they can assess and track the degree of their incontinence.
  • SIM Engineering: Helping clinicians to develop confidence handling stressful or low-frequency procedures, Boston Children’s Simulator Program (SIMPeds) will debut its newest high-fidelity trainers. Created by engineers by clinical request, they faithfully replicate human anatomy, from the inside of a child’s nasal passage to a zip-on trainer modeling a gunshot wound. Stop by to talk about your training needs.

The Showcase is open to the public, but media must register to attend. Please contact keri.stedman@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-919-3110 to have your name added to the press list.

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