Courtney Hill, MD, and Allison Arensman, MD, met as interns and have shared a love for healthcare innovation ever since. So when they saw Medstro’s Google Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge, applying was almost a no brainer.
Hill is a fourth year Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Resident and Arensman is a fourth year Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, both at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, so they spend a lot of time in the operating room.
“While we love being there, we are amazed how frequently one can be uncomfortable and patient safety can be compromised as a result,” the two doctors told us in an email. “The room temp is routinely lowered to keep the surgeon comfortable during the case, then raised just before the patient is transferred to the recovery room.”
This sparked their idea to use the embr Wristify, a temperature control wristband, for surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, allowing the room temperature to be adjusted primarily for the patient and not the surgeon who, according to Arensman and Hill, may be sweating bullets.
“We think our idea has the potential to improve patient outcomes, decrease costs and increase efficiency in an exciting way,” they said, noting that they are thrilled to have already won a number of Embr Wristify devices for their pilot. They’ll be traveling to Boston on April 23rd with nine other finalists to compete for the up to $10,000 grand prize.
We hope you’ll join Hill, Arensman and the MedTech Boston team at the 2015 Google Wearables in Healthcare live pitch-off, which will take place at Google’s Cambridge headquarters on April 23 from 6-9:30 pm. Tickets will sell out, so get them soon!
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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