Innovation myth busters: Great ideas are not enough

You have a great idea for an innovative quality improvement tool for health care! Now what? Steve Jobs once said that people make the mistake of thinking that a really great idea is 90 percent of the work. “...the problem with that is, is that there is just a tremendous amount of craftsmanship in between a great idea and a great product,” he explained.

What’s the big deal about big data?

To kick off the final panel of the Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014, moderator Paul Solman, business and economics correspondent for PBS Newshour, launched straight into the question: What are we in healthcare doing with big data, and what should we be doing with it?

The mobile and digital health market: A look beyond data collection

The mobile and digital health market is evolving with great intensity and speed. The surge in wearable technology, health-related apps and the explosion of digital health communication continue to flood the marketplace.

Bill Taylor:
Can we steal the next disruptive health innovation from Cirque du Soleil?

“R&D is not always research and development. Sometimes it’s rip off and duplicate,” Bill Taylor, cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company magazine, said during his keynote address at the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014.

Rare disease: A difficult therapeutic path

When a rare disease affects you or your family, it doesn’t seem rare. Add them all up, and rare diseases aren’t all that uncommon. What’s rare is for patients to receive effective treatments.

Boston Children's Hospital's Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2014

Taking a worldwide perspective, the 2014 Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards is designed to address unmet needs, solve problems and seize opportunities in pediatric health care.

Innovation Tank nets two winners

Daymond John, of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and a five-judge panel of venture capitalists and physicians selected two winners in the Innovation Tank at the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards. The judges awarded the fledgling companies CareAline and HubScrub—both of which have created products to help prevent catheter-associated infections—$12,500 each. The runner-up, Kurbo, received $5,000.

When it comes to innovating, the whole family takes center stage in pediatrics

Some innovators, Naomi Fried, PhD, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, says, can end up alone on an island and make something out of just sand and water. But a lot of other innovators could benefit from getting help. In her role as lead of Boston Children’s Innovation Acceleration Program, Fried and her team help established and potential innovators alike connect with that help: navigating vendor/manufacturer contracts, accessing specialists like designers and coders, and raising funding. “You can’t have an innovative organization unless you have a plan and a structure for that.”

Featured Researchers + Innovators

  • David G. Hunter, MD, MPH
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    David G. Hunter, MD, PhD, dreamed of a career as a rock star. Instead, he became Boston Children’s Hospital’s ophthalmologist-in-chief and invented the Pediatric Vision Scanner.

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    Heung Bae Kim, MD first conceived the Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP) in 1992 and developed the procedure, which has become the global standard for intestinal lengthening in children with short bowel syndrome, in the early 2000’s.

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    Martha Murray, MD has been on a 30-year quest to devise a better way to treat anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears

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    Michael Agus, MD, developed a pediatric-specific, elastic multi-electrode ECG strip. The innovation addresses the delay and interpretation challenges associated with using adult ECG lead-placement technologies on small children.

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    Vincent Chiang, MD leveraged a Boston Children’s Innovation Acceleration Program FastTrack Innovation in Technology Award to develop DisCo, a program that lets caregivers text/email families while keeping personal information private.

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    Wayne Lencer, MD. The Lencer laboratory studies the cell and molecular biology of vesicular transport in polarized epithelial cells and regulation of ion transport in the intestine.

Featured Research Laboratories

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    Beggs Laboratory: Current studies are aimed at identification of new nemaline myopathy genes, understanding the basis for the variability observed, and determining how these mutations affect muscle function and lead to weakness.

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    The Lencer Laboratory is located in the GI Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratories in the GI Division at Boston Children's Hospital.

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    Sports Medicine Research Laboratory
    Led by principal investigator Dr. Martha M. Murray, focuses on sports medicine injuries, including those of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), knee meniscus and articular cartilage.

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    Sankaran Laboratory
    Utilizing rare and common human genetic variation to improve our understanding of red blood cell production and globin gene regulation with application to numerous blood diseases.

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    The Zon Laboratory focuses on the use of the zebrafish model for research into hematopoiesis and as a screen for oncogenic genes and proteins. 

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    The Gaab Laboratory
    Our multidisciplinary team of researchers brings together curious scientists from the basic and applied sciences, such as neuroscience, psychology, and education.

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