CALLING APPLICANTS FOR FELLOWSHIP THAT DRIVES DIGITAL SOLUTIONS TO HEALTHCARE CHALLENGES

July 16, 2018
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The Henry Ford Innovation Institute invites healthcare professionals interested in devising digital solutions for challenges facing healthcare to apply for The Davidson Fellowship for Entrepreneurs in Digital Health.

Applications for the Class of 2019 will be accepted through July 31 - http://henryfordinnovation.com/davidson-fellowship/how-to-apply/

The fellowship was created in 2014, thanks to the generosity of the William Davidson Foundation. It runs 10 months and is open to physicians and residents, nurses and technicians, communicators, information technology providers, designers, engineers, financial services professionals, basically any healthcare professional with a passion for innovation.

Between 20 and 25 fellows are selected and provided with instruction and mentorship. They learn to assess and potentially develop new, digitally-enabled solutions to healthcare challenge, explore issues related to commercialization of biomedical-related inventions and address the ups and downs on the path from discovery to market. The class projects are based situations fellows have confronted in their daily experiences.

“Every day our care givers and administrative professionals face challenges that become the focal points for new ideas on how to improve healthcare,” said Dr. Joseph Jankowski, who serves as the Davidson Fellowship Director and is a senior advisor at Henry Ford Innovations. “Through structured innovation and multidisciplinary contributions, these ideas may grow to become solutions at HFHS and, potentially, healthcare settings on a global basis.”

The curriculum includes topics such as market alignment, fundamentals of patents, trademarks and copyrights, venture investment mechanisms and other entrepreneurial tools.

The class of 2018 Davidson Digital Health fellows worked on projects such as an app to prevent surgical site infections and a chat-based tool that share patients’ medical notes with subscribed family members.

To date, more than 85 fellows have completed the curriculum and “continue to utilize skills and network relationships to execute on opportunities to innovate throughout the healthcare system,” Dr. Jankowski said.

Projects from previous fellowships are now in use at Henry Ford, including a program to reduce times to transport patients within the hospital system and a preparatory approach to improve patient education and compliance with instructions for endoscopic procedures.

“The healthcare landscape is changing rapidly both here and abroad,” said Scott Dulchavsky, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and Chairman of Surgery and Surgeon in Chief at Henry Ford Hospital.

 “An aging population, policy changes, marketplace disruptions, have created the need for more effective, efficient and innovative solutions. Thanks to the generosity of the William Davidson Foundation, we’re able to continue this critical program to help innovators realize their great ideas.”

MEDIA CONTACTS: Brenda Craig, bcraig3@hfhs.org, 313-283-8331 or Kim North Shine, knorth1@hfhs.org, 313-549-4995

About Henry Ford Health System and Henry Ford Innovations:

Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. Henry Ford provides both health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Henry Ford Health System is led by President & CEO Wright Lassiter III. Visit HenryFord.comto learn more.

Established in 2011, Henry Ford Innovations engineers the future of healthcare through identifying and commercializing the health system's technologies and know-how. Its main arms include Research and Education, Technology Management, Corporate Innovation, and International programs. To learn more, visit HenryFord.com/Innovations

The Henry Ford Innovation Institute invites healthcare professionals interested in devising digital solutions for challenges facing healthcare to apply for The Davidson Fellowship for Entrepreneurs in Digital Health.

Applications for the Class of 2019 will be accepted through July 31 - http://henryfordinnovation.com/davidson-fellowship/how-to-apply/

The fellowship was created in 2014, thanks to the generosity of the William Davidson Foundation. It runs 10 months and is open to physicians and residents, nurses and technicians, communicators, information technology providers, designers, engineers, financial services professionals, basically any healthcare professional with a passion for innovation.

Between 20 and 25 fellows are selected and provided with instruction and mentorship. They learn to assess and potentially develop new, digitally-enabled solutions to healthcare challenge, explore issues related to commercialization of biomedical-related inventions and address the ups and downs on the path from discovery to market. The class projects are based situations fellows have confronted in their daily experiences.

“Every day our care givers and administrative professionals face challenges that become the focal points for new ideas on how to improve healthcare,” said Dr. Joseph Jankowski, who serves as the Davidson Fellowship Director and is a senior advisor at Henry Ford Innovations. “Through structured innovation and multidisciplinary contributions, these ideas may grow to become solutions at HFHS and, potentially, healthcare settings on a global basis.”

The curriculum includes topics such as market alignment, fundamentals of patents, trademarks and copyrights, venture investment mechanisms and other entrepreneurial tools.

The class of 2018 Davidson Digital Health fellows worked on projects such as an app to prevent surgical site infections and a chat-based tool that share patients’ medical notes with subscribed family members.

To date, more than 85 fellows have completed the curriculum and “continue to utilize skills and network relationships to execute on opportunities to innovate throughout the healthcare system,” Dr. Jankowski said.

Projects from previous fellowships are now in use at Henry Ford, including a program to reduce times to transport patients within the hospital system and a preparatory approach to improve patient education and compliance with instructions for endoscopic procedures.

“The healthcare landscape is changing rapidly both here and abroad,” said Scott Dulchavsky, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and Chairman of Surgery and Surgeon in Chief at Henry Ford Hospital.

 “An aging population, policy changes, marketplace disruptions, have created the need for more effective, efficient and innovative solutions. Thanks to the generosity of the William Davidson Foundation, we’re able to continue this critical program to help innovators realize their great ideas.”

MEDIA CONTACTS: Brenda Craig, bcraig3@hfhs.org, 313-283-8331 or Kim North Shine, knorth1@hfhs.org, 313-549-4995

About Henry Ford Health System and Henry Ford Innovations:

Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. Henry Ford provides both health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Henry Ford Health System is led by President & CEO Wright Lassiter III. Visit HenryFord.comto learn more.

Established in 2011, Henry Ford Innovations engineers the future of healthcare through identifying and commercializing the health system's technologies and know-how. Its main arms include Research and Education, Technology Management, Corporate Innovation, and International programs. To learn more, visit HenryFord.com/About/Innovations