What We Do
Open & Collaborative Innovation
The Health Innovation lab helps formulate challenges and run hackathons to address pressing public health issues. Challenges are a way to harness the wisdom of the crowd to generate novel solutions for problems. Challenges also bring together multiple disciplines and expertise from fields that may possess a solution but which would otherwise be inaccessible. Sometimes the best ideas come from outside the problem's immediate field of origin. At HIL we are studying and implementing a unique model to deconstruct a problem to make it amenable for input from multiple disciplines and from practitioners in far-flung fields.
Hackathons are a way to rapidly prototype and develop solutions, typically in a collaborative and time-limited manner. Hackathons have expanded beyond computer programming and can include solutions for hardware challenges, design problems, applications for innovative technologies and more. Though the specific platform can differ, hackathons reward creativity and resourcefulness.
The HIL Entrepreneurs
The Health Innovation lab is a space where open innovation strategies merge with the start-up ecosystem. We believe that healthcare workers and patients, as end users or facilitators of health innovation outputs, can offer much needed input to the health tech industry. Conversely, technical founders, entrepreneurs, and others operating on the cutting-edge of innovation have the potential to revolutionize healthcare. The Health Innovation lab is a space where end-users and innovators, doctors and developers, and health and tech come together to develop technology that is innovative, efficacious, and engaging to the end-user. The HIL Entrepreneurs Program helps facilitate teams of cofounders with technical and healthcare backgrounds who undergo a program leading to the development of evidence-based technologies. It starts with a market pain point, involves the end-user as part of the start-up team, utilizes a user-centered design approach and validates each product through a pilot study. This approach helps develop health tech that has efficacy, de-risks early stage investing, and generates an evidence base that can increase consumer and payer confidence. Ultimately, it hopes to achieve better population outcomes through technology and innovation.