THE INSTITUTE + The Bear Institute for Health Innovation
The Bear Institute is a first-of-its-kind health information technology institute dedicated to improving clinical pediatric outcomes. It is a collaboration of Children’s National Health System and Cerner, with the goal of utilizing innovation in electronic health information technology to advance evidence-based pediatric care, research, and education.
Challenging the 2014 Summer Innovator students, the Sheikh Zayed Institute, the Bear Institute, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National held a Hackathon to develop a dashboard for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The goal set for this challenge was to come up with a design to help improve patient care quality and safety by providing real-time status of key indicators across the NICU.
The students were given project background by NICU nurses and physicians. An expert from the University of Maryland gave an overview of the human factors engineering. The best concepts were selected to develop a “best of breed” final solution. The Cerner software developers used the concepts and developed the first iteration of the software that is in pilot production at the NICU.