As you know, the mission of Medstro (the social network for physicians and medical students) and MedTech Boston is to connect providers, patients, families and students, spreading the word about the latest innovations in medical technology and facilitating collaborations. And while we usually do this virtually through our online platforms, we also love bringing brilliant people together in real life to see, touch and talk about the amazing innovations happening all around us.
That’s why we want you to attend our live Google Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge pitch-off on Thursday, April 23 from 6-9 pm. Last year’s Google Glass Smackdown was amazing, but this year’s will be even bigger and better.
Ten crowd-voted front-line innovators from around the world (yes, one finalist is flying in from Ireland) will tell us how they would use new technologies in pilots to help patients and providers. We have two female surgical residents from Dartmouth proposing cooling wristbands for the OR staff to prevent hypothermia; a Harvard student proposing using familiar voices to re-orient Alzheimer patients; a Drexel medical student and resident proposing intra-operative pathology consults for oncology staging; and many more!
Two judges from the most old-school academic hospitals in the world (yes, the HAAH-vid-affiliated MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) will step up and reveal how they’ve thrown off that “old-school” culture to embrace innovation, enabling their clinicians and researchers to run with their ideas. We welcome MGH Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. David Ting and Brigham and Women’s Innovation Hub Medical Director Dr. Jeff Greenberg.
Lost in the press reports of Google Glass being “cancelled” was the fact that only the consumer program was cancelled. Google actually continues to support developers, creating enterprise applications under their Glass at Work program.
Four clinicians using Google Glass for healthcare will demo their latest ideas at the April 23 event. You’ll be able to see, touch, wear, and talk to the clinicians, too! Nurse Stephanie Shine from BWH will demo how new mothers can follow their pre-mature babies (who are very isolated in highly protective pods) in the Neonatal ICU. An ER team (I can’t say who or where until the embargoed publication comes out in two weeks) will show you how easy tele-consults can be. Brain Power will have eight Glasses to show how autistic children can understand their surroundings better through a Glass app. And Mass Eye and Ear will show the most advanced Google Glass product for low-vision patients.
There are strong rumors that the official Google Wearables Engineering team will be demoing and talking about what they are working on. The Google Wearables team is elusive and mysterious – but you may catch them!
A team from Muse, the brain sensing headband, is flying out from California to let you meditate with the coolest brain wearable on the market. It’s like a continuous EEG that’s only $300, and you don’t have to wait to have a seizure to get one. You can follow my adventures with Muse on twitter @JenniferJoeMD. I’m currently seeing if it stops my stress eating so I can lose this winter weight before the big event.
Pavlok is one of the finalist presenters, and perhaps one of the more controversial wearables out there, too. You will be able to electrically shock yourself to see if this can break your bad habits, like smoking, or eating a cupcake, or five cupcakes. How does it decide when to electrically shock you? Find out.
The fabulous, west-coast hip (rarely done in Boston) new Google Cambridge Event space is being opened up just for us. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should – and then you’ll want to work for Google. It’s beautiful, with open spaces, a stand-alone beautiful coffeehouse, a terrace for sunning (not often done in Boston, except for the Boston University beach), and a TEDx-like stage.
We’ll be serving craft beers, wine and hot and cold Hors d’Oeuvres, all included with your ticket. Yes, I said “liquor” at a healthcare event – another rare and unusual thing in Boston.
We’re excited about our “Step and Repeat” red carpet photo station, where we’ll snap photos of you wearing the wearable of your dreams!
We’ll have one of the Red Sox photographers on site, too, capturing beautiful moments. You’re also likely to catch up with folks from the New England Journal of Medicine, the Boston Business Journal, NPR, the Harvard Business Review, Brigham’s Innovation Hub, Anthem, Johnson & Johnson’s digital innovation team, and more.
So take this as your personal invitation from me to join our MedTech Boston and Medstro team at the 2015 Live Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge pitch-off. Tickets are almost sold out, so I hope to see you there!
My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.
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