The RGHS/RIT Alliance Stages a Fun/Thoughtful Weekend

November 07, 2013

IdeaLab@RIT and RGHS partner to create solutions in healthcare, Nov. 8-10
Teams of students will use design thinking approach to help solve real life challenges

Teams of students from the IdeaLab at Rochester Institute of Technology will be working this weekend to brainstorm solutions to solve medical-related problems faced by Rochester General Health System.

The RIT and RGHS Alliance Healthcare IdeaLab is an interactive three-day seminar that will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and “presentations” 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at RIT’s Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Student Innovation Hall.

The IdeaLab@RIT began as a successful pilot program last April, and all four projects are now in the applied stage,” says Richard DeMartino, director of RIT Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor in Saunders College of Business.

For the fall session, the following five projects have been identified by RGHS:

  • Blood Transport Container System
  • Electronic Treatment Records Solution
  • Inventory Cost System
  • Patient Results Through Smart Apps
  • Electronic Patient Medication Refill System

The intent of the program is to solve problems in a multidisciplinary way for our strategical alliance partner, RGHS, by bringing together technology, design and business to solve difficult problems, and then with the support of the sponsor and the desire of the student to actually realize them.

"There is also an entrepreneurial impact involved—if other hospitals or organizations have this same problem, we can use our product design, pursue market validation and conceivably start a business.”

Sandra Turner, adjunct professor of design thinking in Saunders College who is coordinating the event, says there are more than 30 RIT undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of functions—design, information technology, engineering, business—who will be brainstorming ideas.

Part of their goal is research, so after the project is conceptualized and in prototype form, it can be tested for functionality to see if it’s a viable business—and that’s when the business plan, marketing and distribution channels come into play.

The IdeaLab@RIT allows students to create innovative solutions to real life challenges that have human impact and can affect societal change. The overall benefits can be enormous.

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