By Jennifer Salopek
Apple launched its Research Kit on March 9, “giving medical researchers the tools to revolutionize medical studies,” according to a press release. The kit comprised five iPhone apps to gather data from participants with asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. The Asthma Health app was developed by a team at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, led by Yvonne Chan, MD, PhD, FACEP. At a presentation at the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems meeting in Austin last month, Chan detailed the preliminary results generated by the app.
Continue reading Using Apple Research Kit for Asthma Mobile Health Study
By Alexander Bolt
Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating on an innovative new project called the Design Institute for Health.
“This Institute will systematically use design and creativity to create better health outcomes at lower costs, increase value in the health care system, and improve the lives of patients and providers,” said Beto Lopez, who will serve as managing director. Continue reading Bringing Design Thinking to Health Care Innovation
By Neel Shah, MD
Last week I had the opportunity to sit at the table with some of the nation’s top thought leaders. We convened at the Newseum in Washington, DC, for the Healthcare Leadership Council’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation; it was like a health policy nerd red carpet. Center for Medicare Director Sean Cavanaugh was there. Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder was there. America’s favorite bioethicist–oncologist–provocateur Zeke Emanuel was there. The chief executives of providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies—all there. And what were they there to do? Define “value” in health care.
Continue reading Reflections on the National Dialogue for Health Care Innovation and the Ongoing Struggle to Define Value in Health Care
By Jennifer J. Salopek
New website Medstro is bringing a social sensibility to the triple mission of academic medicine. Combining the status update and news feed features of Facebook with the conversational capabilities of an old-school online message board, Medstro aims to improve medical education, research, and patient care by giving doctors and medical students a space to connect and learn from one another in real time.
Jennifer Joe, MD, a nephrologist, bootstrapped and launched the social network with two colleagues, Jim Ryan and John Bachir, about a year ago. Its genesis lay in the challenges she encountered as a newly minted practicing physician. Continue reading Hacking Silos at Medstro
By Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA, and Jennifer J. Salopek
As educational institutions seek to address the looming doctor shortage in the United States and to create a physician workforce that more closely resembles the patient population, programs that help to create diverse and inclusive environments—such as high and middle school pipeline programs—can help us to meet these goals. Medical students across the country have worked to create programs in their communities that open up the possibilities of careers in medicine. This work must be encouraged, promoted, and replicated.
Continue reading Innovative High and Middle School Programs Can Increase Pipeline Diversity
By Jennifer J. Salopek
Although it occupies a physical structure made of brick, featuring study carrels and a circulation desk, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia houses much more than books and journals. As it has sought to redefine itself in the digital age, as so many other medical libraries have done, CMHSL has added intangibles to its collection: knowledge, collaboration, experimentation, innovation. Indeed, Director and Associate Dean Gretchen Arnold and her staff have brought a fresh approach to the very definition of “library.”
Continue reading Innovating Around the Concept of “Library”
By Dennis S. Charney, MD
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai embraces collaboration, creativity, disruptive thinking, and entrepreneurship—the same principles that have guided Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Apple, and Facebook—and changed our lives. Scientific revolutions, like technological breakthroughs, occur when we pursue big ideas and challenge conventional wisdom knowing there are no guarantees.
The traditional, brick-by-brick, “development by accumulation” approach of academic medicine is simply progressing too slowly. Our society needs breakthroughs, the kind of paradigm shifts that author Thomas S. Kuhn described in his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Continue reading Encouraging Innovation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai