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Looking Back and Moving Forward: 2014’s Health Care Disappointments Drive 2015’s Trends

Melissa Spinks

Melissa Spinks HeadshotAs a manager in Brigham’s Innovation Hub, Spinks specializes in launching new technologies and processes. She works with BWHers and start-ups to evaluate and plan their new ventures, considering both the quantitative and human factors in entrepreneurship.

Disappointments of 2014: “The Ebola outbreak was unsettling and really sad. Looking for innovation in this space yields some results on understanding the genetic variations of the virus, prevention and treatment, and upgrades to process. All of this research is very important, but it’s also costly, time intensive, and bureaucratic. In tandem with these innovations, I was disappointed that we are not exploring how to better use technology in rural settings to capture big data and be smarter about public health crises.”

Trends to watch in 2015: “We saw a lot of digital health technology come across our desk at the Innovation Hub.  Many of the solutions were related to care team collaboration and patient engagement. We also got to see the launch of pilots in a few of these tech categories at the Innovation Hub, which was great. The challenge, however, continues to be that the business model is not always easily defined for digital health.”

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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