Background

Johns Hopkins Hospital cares for a large, broadly representative population of patients every year, comprised of 115,000 inpatient admissions, 350,000 emergency room visits, and 2.8 million outpatient encounters. An integral part of the Johns Hopkins mission is excellence in patient care, which includes ensuring the treatments provided patients are delivered safely and minimize risk of harm.

Johns Hopkins University is home to the strongest Biomedical Engineering Departments in the world, with extensive faculty, superior students, and comprehensive innovation studio environments for prototype development. Given this capacity for innovation, there is an ever-present need for clinically relevant and impactful “problems” to focus the talent and resources of these innovators. This has led to efforts by engineering students to visit clinical settings, participate in immersive experiences, and seek clinical collaborators to inform new projects.

The overarching challenge is an effective forum of communication between clinical practitioners, innovators, and technology transfer experts. The opportunity would be to create an environment or infrastructure by which clinical staff with knowledge of the health domains could work with Hopkins innovators to solve high impact clinical problems to improve patient care locally and at other health care institutions. Patient safety concerns are complex, multifaceted, and require a multidisciplinary approach. Leveraging the rich diversity in training and perspective within the Johns Hopkins community will accelerate innovation and improve patient care.