Meet the 2015 Harvard InciteHealth Fellows

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The Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care announced last week that they have recruited their inaugural class of 22 InciteHealth fellows.

Rather than being selected to pursue a single idea, multidisciplinary teams of fellows will work with patients, industry experts and world-class mentors to generate new approaches to improving primary care and health. Teams will participate in a tailored curriculum, designed to introduce key concepts in design, health care, and entrepreneurship. They will then work collaboratively to develop and test novel solutions to our most pressing problems. If these solutions show promise, they will make a pitch for up to $25,000 of funding provided by the Center.

“We are incredibly excited about these teams. We are preparing for a great adventure as they begin their work, and look forward to helping them work with patients and mentors to create our future. Whether they come up with new technologies or new ways that primary care might be organized or provided, we hope that their work will contribute to improved health, improved patient experience, and reduced costs,” said Dr. Russ Phillips, Director of the Center for Primary Care.

This week, we chatted with 5 of the 22 fellows, asking them about their plans for 2015 and their goals within the InciteHealth program:

Charbel Eid

Charbel Eid

Eid was born and raised in Lebanon. His interest in the application of microfluidic technology to medical diagnostics brought him to Stanford, where he obtained his MS in Mechanical Engineering and is now pursuing a PhD in the same department.

What do you plan to focus on during your fellowship this year?

“During the upcoming year, I will delve into how patients interface with healthcare providers. While it’s true that rising costs and misplaced incentives have dealt serious blows to the American healthcare system, I firmly believe that the growing disconnect between healthcare providers and their patients is at the very heart of the problem. My team and I will work on identifying key structural issues that often result in a breakdown in communication. We will try to look at this situation through patients’ eyes, through doctors’ and nurses’ eyes, and find the best place where we can bridge the gap and reestablish trust.”

What’s the most exciting part of being granted this fellowship?

“The opportunity to tackle these large challenges is so exciting. As an engineer by training, the opportunity to apply my skillset and background on a subject I am so passionate about is exactly what I want out of my professional life. I believe that patient-centered application of technology will revolutionize healthcare, and I am humbled to be a part of this revolution.”

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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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