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The Technology Innovation Center saw an opportunity to provide clinicians who have great ideas with the resources they need to design a software solution and business that also achieves the center’s goal of delivering better patient care.
We created Hexcite (Excited for Health) to harness this opportunity and help launch real products and start-up teams directly from the problem space.
Teams include clinical, business, design and technical leads who work to solve clinical problems. Participants design a user-centered technology and customer interview-based business while also applying for funding to create their technical solution. Participants go through 16 weeks of expert-led sessions and workshops. At the end of the program, teams are ready to build with the Technology Innovation Center, conduct a pilot in the clinical space and launch a start-up.
Participation in this program is free to undergraduate and graduate students. Tuition for clinical participants is $5000 and may be covered by the sponsoring department or through other means.
Who can participate?
We welcome the following individuals to apply to the program, which will run from late August to mid-December.
- Business leads: Johns Hopkins administrators and researchers, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School students, Johns Hopkins Master’s in Public Health students, Johns Hopkins Master’s in Health Administration students, and Johns Hopkins undergraduate business majors
- Design leads: MICA MBA/ MA students, MICA Social Design students, MICA undergraduate graphic design students, and Johns Hopkins Arts as Applied to Medicine students
- Technical leads: Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students
- Clinical leads: Clinical faculty or staff from Johns Hopkins Medicine or its affiliates
Clinical leads must apply with a clinical problem that they would like to solve through a digital health solution.
Non-clinical leads are invited to apply and will be matched with a clinical lead and his/her idea.
Applications are currently closed. Information about 2017 Hexcite will be available soon.
- Complete the online application (you MUST be on the Hopkins network in order to access the application, otherwise you will see an error).
- Prepare a letter that outlines your 20% time commitment to the program. Receive a signature on that letter from your department head and submit it with your application, or directly to email@example.com.
Business, design and technical students
Please send your cover letter and resume at your earliest convenience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This fellowship is unlike any other training I have had in my clinical career. Apart from the training to create a healthcare technology start-up, it has exposed me to completely new ways of thinking while designing solutions in the healthcare arena. One of the most valuable parts of this fellowship is the focus on doing customer interviews and then to use the insights gained from the customer interviews to develop our products/ideas.
- Krishnaj Gourab, M.D., Medical Director, Rehabilitation Informatics and Analytics, Hexcite Clinical Fellow Class of 2015
I've got to be honest with you, this has taken me completely out of my comfort zone. This is not what I do. And this is the best part of my week the last 16 weeks. It has just been fabulous. It's absolutely fantastic.
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For more information about the program, application requirements and deadlines, contact Jasmine McNeil at email@example.com