We provide infrastructure that encourages creative thinking and knowledge-sharing at MGH to drive transformation.

Our crowd sourced innovation contest is an engine for systematically prioritizing pain points and supporting great ideas from across all role groups.

Our events connect students, thought leaders and frontline staff and allow for sharing of insights from across industries.

Our education sessions, innovator in residence rotations, and Aetna Foundation fellows program offer a career pathway for clinicians interested in technology innovation.

MGH HTL Applied Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation

This one year action-learning program, made possible by a generous grant from the Aetna Foundation, provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals interested in hands-on care delivery transformation projects to make an impact on the front lines.  Fellows will spend majority of the year leading care delivery innovation projects in an academic medical center with mentorship from experts in the field as well as support from senior leadership. Sample focus areas of interest could include: a) digital health and health IT; b) quality, safety and outcomes; c) population health; and d) patient-centered care.

Patient Engagement in Surgery

“The MGH HTL Fellows Program could not be a more perfect vehicle for me
to accomplish my goals.

Numa Perez | Department of Surgery, MGH

MGH Surgery resident and HTL Healthcare Innovation Research Fellow, Dr. Numa Perez grew up in El Salvador, where he observed his mother, a family physician, grow a practice of underserved rural patients.The experience ignited a passion to ameliorate healthcare disparities experienced by disenfranchised communities at a system’s level through the use of innovation.

After three years in the operating room, he saw an opportunity to improve both the experience and outcomes of his patients, building off his leadership and technology experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps and at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Through project guidance, mentorship, and exposure to digital health, the HTL Healthcare Innovation Fellows Research Program has empowered him to partner with an industry vendor to deploy a novel patient engagement and data collection platform among the MGH Colorectal Surgery patients. The app will serve as a digital surgical companion, providing patients with education, notifications, and reminders as they traverse what can be a very daunting perioperative journey. In addition, it will implement novel algorithms to prevent complications that are preventable and detect unpreventable complications earlier in the process. A one-year pilot will kick off in April 2019.

Big Data and Machine Learning for Deep Sleep

“Healthcare has the opportunity to be impacted by novel technologies in ways previously unimaginable.

Konstantin Stojanovic | Deep Sleep

Sitting in MGH’s hallowed Ether Dome for Neurology Grand Rounds several years ago, Dr. Konstantin “Kosta” Stojanovic remembers clearly the moment he realized the impact new digital technologies would have on healthcare as a renowned speaker double checked a mystery diagnosis on Google and correctly pulled up amoebic encephalitis. While at the front lines of clinical care, Dr. Stojanovic saw there were clear areas where technology and digital health could play a role in patient care. Starting with the vast data resources of the electronic medical record, he focused on leveraging machine learning to create decision support models for clinicians.

As he finished his four-year Neurology residency, Dr. Stojanovic realized that a traditional academic progression would not support his long-term career goals in healthcare innovation. By joining HTL as a Healthcare Innovation Research Fellow, he found a program that supported his interests and has pursued a project using big data to create machine learning algorithms in order to diagnose sleep disorders.

(Deep Sleep) AI platform to aid sleep physicians and
technicians in interpreting and annotating sleep studies.

Interested in a fellowship in healthcare innovation?

The Ether Dome Challenge: Help us Transform Healthcare

The Ether Dome Challenge (EDC) is an open innovation challenge designed by the Healthcare Transformation Lab in collaboration with Harvard Business School. The goal of the EDC is to engage MGH staff to think of solutions to pain points that they face daily in their work at MGH. Winning ideas are granted funding to implement their ideas, and project support from the Healthcare Transformation Lab. In previous years, some of the winning projects aimed to: improve care-coordination for patient’s multidisciplinary days, develop algorithms to better match specialists to patients, and educate staff on how to make cost-effective supplies choices.
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The Ether Dome Challenge: Help us Transform Healthcare

Patient Text Messages

“If I can somehow make a
patient’s life a little better
…it’s worth it

Justine Cohen | EDC

Patients are very sick and require physician time to talk through everything. As a result, physicians are often running behind schedule and patients spend a lot of time in the waiting and exam rooms. In order to improve this patient experience, Justine is working to build text messaging into the workflow that allows patients to better anticipate any delays.

Virtual Support Groups

“I hope my project highlights the importance of supportive care services for patients

Justin Jordan | EDC

Sick patients often have difficulty attending ?in-person support groups routinely, as they ?are held during the work day and are far from where the patients live. In collaboration with MGH TeleHealth, Justin is working to build virtual support groups with multi-user video chat software, starting with neuro-oncology and aiming to broaden to other disease groups.

Interested in running an Ether Dome Challenge for your department?