Innovation in Healthcare

Goals

To understand innovations in healthcare in order to demonstrate health care capabilities.

Early Findings

AI Robot In Heart Treatments

  • Medical researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University developed a miniature robot that performs heart therapies.
  • The miniature robot, called HeartLander, is inserted into the heart through a tiny incision and doctors guide the robot into the exact site in the heart the therapy needs to be performed.
  • HeartLander is a "huge improvement over traditional heart therapy procedures because it is more precise, safer and less invasive."

NICU App

  • Children born prematurely or with some health conditions are generally placed in the NICU and taken care of by specialists after the parents have been discharged.
  • To ensure parents remain in touch with their baby and help ease the emotional toll on parents who have to leave their newborn baby in the hospital, "researchers at the University of Chicago and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago use the PreeMe+You app to keep parents in constant contact with their babies and their care teams."
  • The app allows parents to monitor the progress of their child and be on the same page with their care team taking care of their child.

3-D Printed Medical Devices

  • 3-D printing makes it easy to provide patients with important medical devices that are specific and customized to the individual patient's anatomy and needs.
  • The medical devices currently being provided through 3-D printing includes airway stents, cranial implants, and external prosthetics.
  • According to Tom Gildea of the Clinic's Respiratory Institute, 3-D devices are "more comfortable, improve performance outcomes, and are often more easily "accepted" by the patients' bodies

Proposed next steps:

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Based on the availability of data, we propose continuing with this research by dedicating additional research into 7-10 innovations in healthcare that include an overview of the innovation, what issue/problem/solution it addresses, how it addresses it, and an example/case study of where it is making an impact.