IdeaLab - Rochester Regional Health
Date and Place of the Next Rochester Regional Health IdeaLab
Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Simone Center, Student Innovation Hall 87-1600
The Rochester Regional Health IdeaLab focuses on medical technologies by creating products and service solutions for Rochester Regional Health (RRH). Students are split up into multidisciplinary teams and spend the weekend working on solutions for real world problems.
The following are projects from the RRH IdeaLab in March 2017:
1. ALTERNATIVE STYROFOAM BOXES OR NEW MEANS OF RECEIVING SAMPLES
Styrofoam boxes are often used as packaging for samples of medical supplies delivered to hospital laboratories. The boxes are thrown away as waste and end up in landfills. Design an alternative way to reuse these boxes or find new means of receiving samples.
2. DESIGN METHOD FOR RECORDING ACCESS REQUESTS
It is difficult to efficiently schedule hospital outpatient mental health and chemical dependency appointments, resulting in long wait times due to frequent no-shows. In addition, there is no process for walk-in opportunities, and no real-time capability for displaying waiting time. Design a method for recording access requests (including walk-ins) for outpatient mental health and chemical dependency patients, and for displaying real time information for both hospital and patient use.
3. DESIGN NEW INVITING AND EFFICIENT LOBBY
The lobby of Evelyn Brandon Health Center serves multiple departments including Mental Health services, Chemical Dependency evaluation, CD services, administration, and the PROS program. The lobby is very large but inefficiently utilized due to its poor layout. It does not: a) provide a safe and comfortable waiting area for clientele, b) give security a direct view (via monitor displays) of incoming and outgoing individuals to the building, and the current location of the check-in station blocks one of the entry points to the MH offices when someone checks in. Design an inviting and efficient lobby that is easy to access and that addresses security needs with no interruption to typical traffic.
4. HUMAN-CENTRIC PATIENT AND PROVIDER CONNECTION SOLUTION
Providers for patients who are critically ill, bedridden or with other ICU related conditions often lose sight of who their patient was before being admitted to the hospital. Such patients would also appreciate an ability to visit with loved ones from afar. Design a human-centric solution that can facilitate connection between patients and providers, as well as between patients and their families and/or friends. Such technology would allow posting of messages and pictures about or to the patient.
5. DISTANCE, SPEED AND EFFORT DEVICE TRACKER
It has been shown that increased physical activity is beneficial to health, especially for individuals with limitations who are less motivated to exercise. Currently available pedometers do not work well at slow speeds such as when using a walker. This decreases motivation to be more active for those individuals and also makes it difficult for clinicians to document patient ability and progress. Design a device that can be attached to a walker to better track distance, speed and effort for slower individuals.
The following are projects from the RRH IdeaLab in April 2016:
1. TRANSPORT OF DECEASED PATIENTS THROUGH THE HOSPITAL TO THE MORGUE
Need to develop a lightweight, sturdy, removable alternative to current cumbersome morgue carts that can transport the deceased in a respectful manner from the patient room to the morgue.
2. SAFE MOVEMENT OF PATIENT POST SURGERY FROM OR TABLE TO BED
Need to include intubate patients with the abilities such as securing the airway, changing patient position from prone to supine and also avoiding staff back injury.
3. O.R. SURGERY PROCESS OPTIMIZATION AND TOOL ORGANIZER
Need to improve eﬃciency of total joint replacement surgeries through standardization, parallel processing, staff training and tool organization to reduce O.R. time and increase turnover of patients.
4. MEDICAL RECYCLING SYSTEM
Need a more regulated process for Intervol to collect materials from operating rooms at RGH in order to cut down waste, increase the amount of recycled material collected and reuse materials to limit the amount that end up in landﬁll.
5. IMPROVED VISUAL PROCESSING FOR STROKE PATIENTS
Need a cell phone app for post-stroke or post TBI individuals that provides therapy-centric virtual reality to be used in a low-cost virtual reality device like Google Cardboard. This device would be used as a rehab enhancement tool for therapists to challenge a patient’s balance, eye movements, and ability to orient themselves to vertical.
6. IMPROVED ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS FOR LARGE HOSPITALS
Need a prototype device placed in a hospital parking garage or other high traﬃc area to act as an energy recovery system that assesses the potential to recover some of the kinetic energy that is normally wasted in these areas. A cost analysis will assess the manufacturing and installation costs associated with such a device.