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Health Information Technology Partnership with Shire Pharmaceuticals

As part of an "innovation partnership pilot" with Drexel, Shire issued a request for proposals to create an innovative patient management tool that can have a real impact on patients in the areas of behavioral health. After a three-phase selection process involving many teams from across the university, two teams were awarded a $250,000 grant each to progress their proposal to prototype. The first is "TakeControl," a multi-function smartphone app to aid individuals with binge eating disorders. The second is "Mind Fun” a gaming module to aid children with ADHD.

Medical Technology Commercialization Partnership with NetScientific

With funding from Drexel’s Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partners Program, Dr. Ryszard Lec of Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems developed a non-invasive continuous blood pressure monitor that does not disrupt the sleep patterns of patients in hospitals and is easy to use on an out-patient basis. Drexel’s commercialization partner NetScientific launched a new company called Advanced Biosensors, Inc. to commercialize the technology and to date, has committed $5 million in funding to bring the technology to market.

Health Analytics Certificate Program for Independence Blue Cross

A custom-designed analytics certificate program taught at Independence Blue Cross (IBC) included coursework in statistical analysis and case studies based on relevant business issues, such as predicting the likelihood of emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reducing readmission rates, and evaluating the effectiveness of wellness programs, giving the IBC workforce a deeper understanding of how data-based decisions can improve health care quality and lower costs. According to Somesh Nigam, senior vice president and IBC’s chief informatics officer, "Our corporate culture is evolving to better foster innovation within our own walls, the community and the industry — and education plays a key role. Technology, and specifically the use of big data in our business, will be increasingly important to help us foster collaboration among different stakeholders."