Health innovations

Good Design, Bad Design – 3 Must-Know Principles

Human Factors and Design - Did You Ever Pull on a Push Door?Have you ever pulled on a door when you should have pushed? How about hitting “Reply to All” when you meant to send it to only one person? Have you ever found yourself having to “think too much” when trying to complete a simple task?

Well, check out this video. It’s not your fault… More

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The Hidden Influence of Our Social Networks

The Hidden Influence of Social Networks - How Might We Leverage Their Power In Health and Innovation?Does the health of your friends’ friends’ friends have any relationship to your own? How about to your outlook on life? Your general happiness or grumpiness? Your approach to problems and opportunities?

In this TED video, Nicholas Christakis, the author of Connected, explores the hidden (and quite powerful) influence of our social networks. More

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Innovation and Facility Design Workshop

Innovation and Strategic Design for HealthcareThe patients are sicker. There’s fewer staff. Technology is outpacing your facility’s ability to adopt it. Data management systems are being revamped. The Emergency Department is over-capacity. And in the midst of all of this, you must be prepared for larger scale emergency. Such is the plight of ED Directors everywhere.

So, you want a re-design. You want an overhaul. Well, guess what? You’ve got one shot… a one-time opportunity to employ evidence-based physical design strategies. The Center For Health Design and MI2 hear you. More

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Creative Health Innovation Funding

Funding Health Innovation With Crowdfunding Or Through Progressive EmployersAction is a necessary ingredient for innovation. And health innovations are notoriously difficult to fund – often relying heavily on the time-consuming process of obtaining grants or yielding some ownership through venture capital. Well, new opportunities are presenting themselves. Health innovations may be funded through crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and through progressive employers like MedStar Health.
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Another Cool Example of Biomimicry in Healthcare Innovation

Biomimicry and Health Innovations - Another Cool ExampleBiomimicry comes from bio- and mimesis, literally “to imitate life”. Biomimicry is a structured look at how the natural world has solved problems or created opportunities and attempting to apply those strategies to design, engineering, invention, health and wellness, and more.

Often thought of as a “new” discipline, technically, it is actually quite ancient. Much of how we learn comes from mimicking. And indeed, many developments throughout medical history have come from mimicking nature – the natural world within ourselves and outside of our own species. More

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Can Games Help Cure Disease?

Games As Health Innovations?Can games help us prevent or cure disease? Improve patient compliance? Make a safer health environment? Or improve medical education?

In this TED MED talk, Steve Cole from HopeLab discusses cancer therapy and the game Remission. Watch this video and explore the role of play and games in health innovation. More

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No Innovation Without…

Health Innovations - There Are None Without...Watch innovators from Twitter, FourSquare, MakerBot, ShopKick, Deviant Art, Adafruit Technologies, and more as they discuss innovation and its one essential ingredient, common to all innovation.

There is no change, no reform, no betterment, no genius, no artistry, no brilliance, and no innovation without… More

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MedStar Inventor Forums – A First Hand Account

Dr. Mark Smith at the MedStar Inventor ForumsA diverse crowd filled the True Auditorium at Washington Hospital Center on June 14, 2011. Associates in scrubs, suits, lab coats, and street clothes, representing every part of the MedStar family voluntarily stayed late at work or came in on a day off to catch the inaugural MedStar Inventor Forum.  The buzz in the room before the presentation began was energizing; clearly, despite the crowd’s differences, everyone shared a common interest — invention that advances health — and a common trait —the ability to think differently. More

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Biomimicry and Innovation – The Anticrobial Secrets of Shark Skin

Sometimes, in order to find the best solutions, we need to look no further than nature itself. Researchers from a variety of disciplines have tapped into this idea and are busy at work studying sharks.

Mimicking sharks seems only natural when you consider the marvel of their design. With a hydrodynamic shape, water moves smoothly over the More

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Patient Safety and the BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster?

BP Oil Spill and Patient SafetyTo Better Is Human™… That is the mantra with which Dr. Fairbanks leads MedStar Health’s human factors engineering efforts. Some may find despair in disaster. But a strong urge within all of us seeks the opportunity in it. Watch this intriguing video on what we can learn from the BP oil disaster.

In this 30 minute video series from MI2′s Innovations In… Patient Safety Forum, Dr. Terry Fairbanks explores the similarities in the culture of BP prior to the oil disaster of 2010 and the “House of Medicine”. More

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Great Minds Think… Together

Cleveland Clinic and MedStar Health Form Collaborative Innovation AllianceCleveland Clinic and MedStar Health Form Collaborative Innovation Alliance
Initiative to Enhance Technology Development and Commercialization

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, Cleveland, OH/Columbia, MD: Cleveland Clinic and MedStar Health have agreed to create an Innovation Alliance to benefit patients through collaborative innovation projects, research, clinical investigation, and commercialization application. More

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The Oil Industry Preventing PE? – The Story of the Greenfield Filter

Intersectional thinking - Greenfield filterFaced with a common postoperative problem, preventing thromboemboli (blood clots) without using blood thinners, Dr. Lazar Greenfield had to look outside of healthcare for a solution. He considered filters, but the only filters used up until that time tended to create more problems than they solved. Flat screen filters would only add to venous obstruction and provide a nidus for more thrombus – creating a situation every bit as serious as the one it was intended to prevent.

So, where could Dr. Greenfield look to find a workable design for his intravenous filter? More

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