Today is the first “Innovation Day” at Children’s Hospital Boston. For those, like me, who can’t be in Boston for it, you can follow on Twitter using the hashtag #iday or watch online via live streaming.
I’m impressed that the hospital has an Innovation Acceleration Program focused on supporting “clinical care that impacts patients around the world.”
I think this event is a really great way to showcase some of the interesting research and collaboration that is taking place in the hospital in the field of device development, healthcare IT and process innovation.
The program starts at 1.00pm EST. On the Agenda are a few talks that caught my imagination:
Does my baby have a “flat head”? Using the web and digital photos to triage visits to the doctor’s office, Joseph R. Madsen, MD
Pediatric Vision Scanner: A handheld device that diagnoses vision problems in preschoolers, David Hunter, MD, PhD
New directions in drug delivery: A contact lens that dispenses medication, Dan Kohane, MD, PhD
The Children’s Hospital Boston science and innovation blog (Vector), which is well worth reading, also has a preview of their Innovation Day.
Given the ease and low cost with which events can be webcast or live streamed, and the potential to reach a global audience, I hope that other institutions will follow Children’s Hospital Boston and showcase their innovation in this way.
Good luck to all at Children’s with your first Innovation Day!