Live from the Boston Children’s Hospital Innovator’s Forum: One hour of demos, ideas and opportunity

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During Friday’s lunch hour, innovators swarmed the Ender’s Building of Boston Children’s Hospital, offering demonstrations of medical devices, data solutions and wearable technologies. There were more than 30 demos wedged atop dozens of collapsable tables, with notable presentations from the innovators at Hacking Pediatrics and FastTrack Innovation in Technology.

This program was spearheaded by Chief Innovation Officer Naomi Fried, who spent her lunch hour checking out all the demonstrations, networking with innovators, and chatting with MedTech Boston:

The presentations today ranged from Google Glass surgical applications, to medical devices built with 3D printing technology, to smartphone-enabled patient management apps. Each technology was developed under the umbrella of Boston Children’s Hospital Innovation Acceleration Program.

Alexandra Pelletier, Program Manager, FastTrack Innovation in Technology, shared a bit more about the individual programs with thoughtful software design that address a true clinical need.

The scope and breadth of technology being developed at Boston Children’s Hospital was truly astonishing to many of the visitors, including the leader of Hacking PediatricsDr. Michael Docktor, who said that he had no idea Boston Children’s housed so much innovation under one roof. 

Among the technologies demonstrated today, Gajen Sunthara’s development of a Google Glass surgical application generated buzz in the room. Sunthara was busy for more than an hour giving live demonstrations of an application that gives real time information for surgeons, reducing the strain on Glass’ battery and processor.

Gajen Sunthara, Principal Software Architect of the Innovation Acceleration Program, demonstrates his Google Glass surgical application for the film crew present at today's Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children's Hospital.

Gajen Sunthara, Principal Software Architect of the Innovation Acceleration Program, demonstrates his Google Glass surgical application for the film crew present at today’s Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Other innovations included medical devices, such as surgical tools to treat esophageal conditions and wearable orthosis devices.

Some of the innovators present at the event: (Left) "Robotic Implant for Treatment of Long-gap Esophageal Atresia," presented by Pierre Dupont, PhD, Department of Cardiac Surgery, and (Right) "Isolated Orthosis for Thumb Actuation," presented by Annette Correia and Leia Stirling.

Some of the innovators present at the event: (Left) “Robotic Implant for Treatment of Long-gap Esophageal Atresia,” presented by Pierre Dupont, PhD, Department of Cardiac Surgery, and (Right) “Isolated Orthosis for Thumb Actuation,” presented by Annette Correia and Leia Stirling.

Joseph Madsen, MD, and Tomer Anor, PhD, demonstrate their clinical innovation, called "Non-invasive Determination of CSF Flow in Shunts in the Diagnosis of Shunt Malfunction." Along with their colleague Sanjay Prabhu, they created a device using a 3D printer that is safe to use in an MRI.

Joseph Madsen, MD, and Tomer Anor, PhD, demonstrate their clinical innovation, called “Non-invasive Determination of CSF Flow in Shunts in the Diagnosis of Shunt Malfunction.” Along with their colleague Sanjay Prabhu, they created a device using a 3D printer that is safe to use in an MRI.

Several demonstrations commanded a heavy audience for the entire hour. Right at the front door was a demonstration of 3D printing that can be used to make MRI-safe medical devices. The demonstration of gesture-controlled technologies that make use of a gaming device called LEAP also drummed up quite a bit of foot traffic.

This story only covers a small sample of the technology presented today. For more information, visit the Boston Children’s Innovation Program website.

Sony Salzman

Sony Salzman

    At MedTechBoston, we are sharing stories about cutting-edge medical innovation. As Managing Editor, I help coordinate our coverage of hackathons and company profiles. I also create content, update our social media and scout stories. I'm part of an ambitious group of people hoping to inspire a tech revolution in medical care.

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