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March 31, 2016

Center for Health Systems Innovation brings MIT MakerHealth to Tulsa

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (chsi.okstate.edu) will bring prominent MakerHealth innovator Anna Young from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to Tulsa for a free ‪MakerHealth seminar from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at OSU Center for Health Sciences’ Dunlap Auditorium, 1111 West 17th Street in Tulsa.

The MakerHealth event will introduce examples of how the tools and mindset of the maker movement are revolutionizing the medical device R&D process to create new health technology to improve patient care. Attendees will learn how clinicians, patients, and medical students from the MakerHealth Network are creating and experimenting to build the next generation of health hardware inside of the care setting. This model of rapid prototyping for health technology is happening inside hospital makerspaces in Texas and Virginia, home healthcare agencies with prototyping kits in Massachusetts and far away community workers in Nicaragua creating manual nebulizers for rural patients.

“MakerHealth is bringing the tools and materials of the maker movement to hospitals, healthcare providers and medical schools, giving them the power to improve care,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. “The maker movement inspires us to think outside the box when it comes to healthcare delivery, and the Center for Health Systems Innovation is pleased to have the resources of some of the brightest minds in the country with us.”

“MakerHealth believes that design should be transparent, hackable, and enabling, so everyone can be the designers and makers of their own healthcare solutions,” said William Paiva, executive director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “MakerHealth uses a unique setup to ensure those things happen—nurses, doctors and patients work together in a one-of-a-kind medical fabrication environment to ‘make’ their solutions.”

Anna Young, Co-Founder and CEO of MakerHealth and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), brings significant experience and expertise in medical device design to MakerHealth. She brings seven years of experience designing medical devices for a range of healthcare settings – solar autoclaves for sterilizing medical equipment in austere environments to woundcare kits for patients in acute care settings. Young is also a faculty instructor for MIT’s Health Science and Technology course, Maker Lab, where she mentors undergraduate students in kit design of medical devices to empower users to create their own solutions.

“I’m thrilled to introduce our MakerHealth tools and platform to Oklahoma State medical students and faculty,” said Young. “These resources are enabling clinicians across the country to break through the traditional barriers to medical device R&D and create new health technologies based on very specific specific patient needs. By learning how to master the tools of digital fabrication with medical grade materials, our MakerHealth Network partners are pushing the boundaries of just-in-time design, clinical studies for N=1 patients, and prototyping as a core competancy of medical and nursing students. We use our rapid prototyping platform to quickly solve healthcare problems, whether through creation of a new device, alteration of an existing device, or finding a less expensive solution. MakerHealth brings a pathway to harness experiences and DIY solutions of front line caretakers and health providers.”

The “maker” devices and kits Young brings to OSU for the seminar include:

  • MEDIKit Nebulizer: a medication delivery device for asthmatic patients made using a bike pump, filter and nebulizer cup;
  • Custom wound care kit for creating smart bandages to detect moisture;
  • Library of 3D printed attachments for IV poles and walkers;
  • Medical Device teardown kit (digital pregnancy test, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff);
  • Smart inhaler for monitoring medication usage asthmatic patients;
  • Quantified utensils to measuring eating patterns and frequency;
  • Shoe kit for pressure mapping and bandage design for diabetic patients;
  • Kit for managing feeding tube for pediatric patients.

Young’s seminar MakerHEALTH: Bringing the tools and materials of the maker movement to healthcare, is designed to inspire medical students to think innovatively about their approach to the delivery of healthcare. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Aimee Tonquest Mehl | 918-691-3706 | aimeemehl@sbcglobal.net

The Center for Health Systems Innovation, or CHSI, is transforming health care through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Center focuses specifically on rural health innovation, patient care innovation, and data analytics. CHSI operates at the crossroads of the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, positioning itself to innovate both clinical models and business models. For more information, call 918-582-1972 or visit chsi.okstate.edu.

Anna Young:
MakerHealth co-founder Anna Young works from a fundamental belief that, with the right tools, everyday people can use their ingenuity to create devices that heal. Applying years of global experience with the Maker Movement, Anna brings prototyping tools and makerspaces into hospitals enhance the natural problem solving abilities of clinicians and patients. Anna is the Director of MakerNurse, an RWJF-sponsored program to support inventive, frontline nurses. At MIT’s Little Devices Lab, Anna is a researcher, leading the design of technologies such as Solarclave, awarded Best of What’s New by Popular Science in 2013. In 2015, Anna was recognized by LinkedIn as a top Health Innovator under 35 and spoke at TEDMED on the role of making in healthcare. She resides in Cambridge, MA.

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