IdeaLab - Rochester Regional Health

Date and Place of the Next Rochester Regional Health IdeaLab

Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th, 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 the problems for the upcoming RRH IdeaLab in February 2018:

The problems in need of solutions will be as follows:

1. Clean Biohazard Bag/ Infection Control

It is difficult to keep the outside of an RRH Lab biohazard bag clean and free of germs when bagging specimens like flu swabs, skin, throat and urine cultures. It is also difficult to place a specimen in the biohazard bag and close it securely with dirty gloves without touching the outside of the bag. These bags are picked up and transported to the lab with their outside surfaces possibly contaminated. Design a solution that does not require touching and contaminating the surface when placing such items in a disposal bag.

2. Employee Stress-Reduction Space

Employee accumulated stress is detrimental to their individual health, but also to the workplace environment, which can affect performance and efficiency. Reducing employee stress has multiple beneficial effects, like improving morale and consequently, patient care; and improving employee health, which can reduce sick-calls and comorbidities, thereby improving performance and reducing overtime requirements. Design a solution to help manage and reduce employee stress levels that is integrated with the RRH work environment and customs.

3. Nurse Call Button Holder

Patients often have a need to call a nurse but cannot reach a bell or an alert system without lifting themselves from their beds. Design a generic call bell holder that would fit on any bed or equipment frame situated near patients’ beds that would be accessible to patients, particularly in acute care settings.

4. Portable Toilet

Incidents with patients falling while approaching or using toilets are common in such institutions as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, and other settings. Design a toilet solution that is able to move to the patient vs. having the patient move towards the toilet. After use, the device may return to its docking station, therefore reducing the probability of patient falls, and possibly detecting other medical conditions.

5. Secure Glucose Monitors

"Libre view" sensors used to diagnose glucose levels are attached to patients’ skin by adhesive (with a small catheter that is under the skin) and often fall off prematurely before the device can be analyzed. The sensors typically need to stay attached to the patient for a two-week period. Designa simple, inexpensive way to help secure the devices on patients.

6. Smart Exam Room

Too much time is spent by physicians using the EMR for documentation of patients’ visits including billing and legal reasons, leading to less face time with patients. Design a smart solution (“exam room”) in which video/audio links automatically record the interaction with the patient replacing their realistic image with that of an animated cartoon to preserve modesty/privacy.

This could ensure a complete, accurate record of the narrative and the physical exam, which could be referred to in the note. The remainder of the note can be largely dictated aloud and translated by dragon, as can the instructions, consents, etc. The transcript edited down later would then be a simple communication letter to other providers.

7. Interactive Educational/Entertainment App for Dialysis Patients

Dialysis patients are captive groups who spend 3-4 hours each session with intravenous lines tethering them to a dialysis machine. Most spend the time watching TV or sleeping. During this time providers are required to round on the patients, but sleeping patients are often hard to rouse and retain little of the generic information they need to learn. In addition, the group is semi social, but the environment can be non-stimulating.

Design a solution to keep patients awake and entertained. Since people are naturally competitive, consider application games as a medium through which competitive entertainment can be fostered. This should ideally include short “commercial breaks” with educational videos sprinkled in on topics relevant to the patients.

8. On-Site Transportation

Wound Care patients have a very long walk from the parking lot and through the building to the office location. There are wheelchairs available, but not all patients come with someone who can push them. There are patients with cardiac or lung diseases who may become short of breath by the time they walk in from the parking lot or from either lobby. Design a solution considering the distance, traffic, and method of transporting patients from the parking lot or from building entrance to a hospital destination.

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