Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital

Great changes happen when people see problems and unmet needs and challenge the status quo to solve them. Great ideas come from all over the Boston Children’s Hospital community — from surgeons to nurses to administrators.

Innovations can be pioneering surgical procedures; new medical devices; insights into biological processes that lead to therapeutics, digital health technologies like smartphone apps, virtual reality, voice technologies and wearable health trackers; and simulations and 3-D printing technologies for training and teaching. And much more.

Boston Children’s has worked to create a culture and infrastructure to nurture innovations, commercialize them, share them with patients and introduce them into clinical practice.

Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA)

IDHA is addressing the unmet needs of patients/families, clinicians, and health systems across the enterprise and around the globe though digital health. The accelerator grant program helps researchers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and technologists both within and outside of Boston Children’s Hospital accelerate market-competitive technologies for scalable impact. The IDHA team and its industry partners provide expertise in software development, business planning, data analytics and lean startup practices.

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Technology & Innovation Development Office (TIDO)

TIDO’s mission is to translate the laboratory and clinical research excellence of Boston Children's Hospital into products for the public benefit. TIDO uses a multi-faceted approach to promote, support and develop research, technology and clinical innovations through the protection and licensing of intellectual property, investing in Boston Children's technologies, and establishing strong research and development partnerships with industry throughout the innovation-to-product life cycle.

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Simulator Program (SIMPeds)

Risk, fear and anxiety permeate health care — from surgical teams facing challenging operations to families caring for ventilated children at home. A leader in medical simulation, SIMPeds partners with clinicians to create lifelike practice scenarios that instill confidence and improve outcomes, providing fully-equipped rooms and patient-specific anatomic models for surgical pre-planning.

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Keep up with our latest innovations on our Answers blog.

Digital Health Offerings

Online Second Opinion

Online Second Opinion

Our Online Second Opinion service utilizes experts at Boston Children’s to evaluate a child’s care plan. During 2016-2017, 20 percent of all second opinions resulted in a change in diagnosis, and over 60 percent led to some change in recommended treatment. This service is available to families around the globe.

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Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine Service

Our Precision Medicine Service provides a front door for patients to access genetic expertise with a goal of helping patients and their families receive an earlier diagnosis and better understand their condition, identify best available treatment options, and get the best care for their condition.

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Virtual Visits

Virtual Visits

A growing number of our clinics and providers are offering video visits for follow-up care. Ask your care team if this service is available and appropriate for you.

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The commitment and compassion with which we care for all children and families is matched only by the pioneering spirit of discovery and innovation that drives us to think differently, to find answers, and to build a better tomorrow for children everywhere.

Kevin B. Churchwell, President and CEO

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