Incubator Grows Johns Hopkins Software to Improve Patient Care

Published in Insight - May-June 2017

It was the day she had been waiting for. Five teams assembled by the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) were presenting their 16-week-old software solutions and business startups to a panel of experts for feedback.

“I attended the presentations and was blown away by the amazing ideas,” says Dalal Haldeman, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Currently in its second year, the Health Experiential Clinical IT Entrepreneurial (HEXCITE) program builds and mentors teams that include clinical, technical, design and business leads. At the end of the HEXCITE program, teams are ready to build their solutions with the TIC, conduct a pilot in a clinical space and launch a startup.

“The feedback and comments from industry leaders on how to move the solutions forward were excellent,” says Haldeman.

Software solutions included the following:

• A mobile app to help providers decide on the best antibiotic treatment for infections and decrease the overuse of antibiotics. The innovation could improve care and save millions.

• A 30-question, 30-minute web-based measure to help caregivers screen for autism in children. The program provides narrated video vignettes to assist in recognizing symptoms so appropriate care can be administered.

• A dashboard that provides a summary of a hospital patient’s current and historical health status, consolidating information from various sources to show trends in a patient’s heart and respiration rates, temperature, mean arterial blood pressure and oxygen saturation.

• An interactive website and mobile app that recommend next steps and the expected outcome for a lump in the thyroid gland. The innovation aims for a quicker and more accurate diagnosis.

• An interactive program for clinicians to document gastrointestinal anatomy after a medical procedure and to store a corresponding 3-D image in the patient’s electronic medical record.

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