Drexel and Jefferson are developing ground-breaking health care technology

Greater Philadelphia has one of the strongest life sciences hubs in the nation.

To highlight the successes of the myriad of regional organizations that are pushing health care forward, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (the Chamber)’s Health Care Innovation Collaborative, an initiative of the CEO Council for Growth, is developing a series of case studies featuring innovative projects emerging from across the region.

The current feature is Drexel University’s iBreastExam, which is a hand-held tool for clinicians to use during a medical exam to quickly and effectively screen women for breast cancer.

The device supplements the doctor’s manual breast exam, and is expected to be particularly useful in developing countries where access to mammograms is often limited.

Also available now is the story of MedCrypt, which develops solutions to prevent malicious hacking of computer-enabled medical devices.  Funded in large part by Safeguard Scientifics, MedCrypt is second startup founded by regional entrepreneurs Mike Kijewski and Eric Pancoast.

These are just two of many organizations that are revolutionizing health care in the Greater Philadelphia region. Future features will include:

  • Thomas Jefferson University is reshaping medical education with an infusion of design thinking. Collaborating across disciplines, students in medicine, design and engineering build skills for finding solutions in the health care landscape of the future.
  • Individualized Management for Patient-Centered Targets (IMPaCT), a University of Pennsylvania program that’s improving the health of residents from disadvantaged Philadelphia neighborhoods by identifying and training health care workers selected from within the community. These individuals are uniquely qualified to help identify the challenges to good health that affect their neighbors.
  • Facilitated Health Networks (FHN) framework, an Independence Blue Cross initiative to decrease health care costs without sacrificing quality, access or the patient experience. FHN has signed on three key partners: Jefferson Health, Holy Redeemer Health System and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
  • Frontier Programs from Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) provides extra funding and support for some of CHOP’s most promising, internally developed enterprises. Seven programs have been funded since 2015, with strides made in the fights against leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease and mitochondrial disease.
  • Care Link, a robust information technology-enabled network of care coordination support services created by Christiana Health Services. It uses IT systems to access all available sources of a person’s health data so that health care professionals can work together to assist a patient.
  • Astarte Medical, which has received investment from Collaborative Partner Ben Franklin Technology Partners, is developing NICUtrition™ a software solution designed to improve the care of preterm infants by providing quantitative data about gut health, allowing for personalized care and nutrition to optimize growth and outcomes.

Greater Philadelphia is a national leader in clinical trials, a pioneer for personalized medicine, and one of the largest life sciences hubs in the world; 80% of U.S. pharmaceutical and biotech companies have a presence in the tristate region.

 

About the Health Care Innovation Collaborative (HIC)

HIC is a group of leading Philadelphia-area health care organizations that identifies challenges or opportunities in health care and tests, supports, and accelerates innovations for the purposes of improving health care.  We intend to be:

  • Top of mind when innovators have a game-changing prototype, product or solution ready for customer evaluation;
  • Recognized nationally for an unprecedented level of inter-institutional cooperation among healthcare stakeholders in support of innovation;
  • A key reason the Greater Philadelphia region becomes the geographic center of choice for global, next-generation healthcare businesses of all types and sizes. greaterthanhealthcare.com

Bucks County health system receives $10M donation

Doylestown Health Foundation, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, received two gifts of $5 million in order to support expansion projects at the hospital.

The donors, Alex and Patricia Gorsky and Richard and Angela Clark, were co-leaders of a fundraising campaign for the health system.

“Four generations of our family have been cared for at Doylestown Hospital — from the births of our grandchildren to the specialized geriatric services provided to our parents at Pine Run’s Health Center,” the Clarks said in a Philadelphia Business Journal article. “Through our outstanding personal patient experiences to the expert, world-class care we have witnessed for our family and received ourselves, we are proud to give back to Doylestown Health. This hospital is a gem in our community and we want it to thrive for future generations.”

There are numerous projects already underway, including a heart and vascular care center and community center. There will also be a future fundraising campaign for upgraded operating suites and a new outpatient center.

Doylestown Health is one 15 major health systems in the Greater Philadelphia region that collectively have over 100 hospitals throughout the 11 counties.