Boston Children’s Hospital held its second Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator Innovator’s Showcase yesterday, inviting more than 20 startups working with the hospital in some capacity to network and share their work with each other.
At the event, the company also kicked off its newest open innovation challenge, which focuses specifically on clinical decision support.
“The idea there is we’re sourcing ideas from frontline staff or researchers and others on the administrative side to find new ideas where we can use technology to improve clinical decisions, be it through machine learning, AI, image recognition, or even operational improvements,” IDHA Innovation Lead Matt Murphy said.
The hospital will accept applications through April 28, and one or two winners will get $50,000 in grant funding and other support from the hospital.
To get the wheels turning about ways that AI could help improve clinical decision support, Boston Children’s invited some doctors doing research in that area to speak to the assembled crowd.
Dr. Garry Steil showed off some results of a project to use artificial intelligence to help people with Type 1 diabetes predict their blood sugar spikes and take insulin accordingly. Steil’s system has already shown some previously unknown correlations between exercise, food, and sleep that could help people with diabetes stay on track.