During innovation day at CHB, doctors showed off a biometric regulated video game that could be used to treat serious emotional disorders.
Last week, the researchers and clinicians in residence at Children's Hospital Boston (CHB) gathered under the auspices of the Innovation Acceleration Program at CHB for an afternoon of TED-like talks and demos. Since we mentioned it here, it was only appropriate that we go to check it out. If you want to watch the whole afternoon of talks, the recording has been posted online. (For a really good discussion of what it takes for a clinician to bring an innovation from idea to practice, watch Dr. Pedro del Nido's talk at the two-hour mark.)
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The point of the sessions was to promote collaboration between the relatively autonomous clinical and research departments at CHB, and pitch the innovation grants available to clinicians and researchers at the institution. Dr. Joseph Madsen, one of the recipients of the grants, explained that small innovation grants, which don't require a lot of preliminary data or extensive applications, are helpful in exploring ideas that otherwise would not have been pursued. Another theme of the talks was that, from an institutional perspective, a great way to support innovation from within is to have a place where innovators can bring napkin-drawing level ideas to establish time of invention and the institutional know how to connect the napkin artist to people who can bring the idea to the world. Two ideas that followed that path were a head wrap for re-warming babies during cardiac surgery thought up by nurse Karen Sakakeeny and an implantable kidney dialysis unit that will be undergoing clinical trials soon originated by Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen.
The demo and device sessions showed a fascinating cross-section of clinical applications for these innovations and inventions. Some of the displays we saw were:
Dr. David Harrild and Ed Marcus showed a method of using computer-guided analysis of cardiac MRI to measure ventricular volumes that takes a process that normally requires eight hours and shortens it to 15 minutes.