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Serial Innovation Method Generates New Ways to Innovate

By Lab Staff / April 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Serial Innovation Method Generates New Ways to Innovate

In 2017, Innovation Lab partnered with Avera Health to provide creative thinkers a way to bring their ideas to life. Filled with hope and a lifetime of ideas, Physical Therapist Nicolle Samuels enthusiastically began a journey to becoming a serial innovator. Her purpose and passion transitioned from simply helping people to helping people help other people.

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Lab Team Researches and Builds Path to Bring LiveBand to Market

By Lab Staff / February 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Lab Team Researches and Builds Path to Bring LiveBand to Market

Getting a great idea to market takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Our innovation process runs from market and intellectual property research to prototype development and assessment. And with the right product, we’re aiming for the best commercialization channel. Take a look behind the curtain on how we’re supporting LiveBand, a new device that could make a high-grade therapy more accessible.

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Innovator Reimagines Muscle Rehabilitation Therapy with Wearable Blood Flow Restriction Device

By Lab Staff / February 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Innovator Reimagines Muscle Rehabilitation Therapy with Wearable Blood Flow Restriction Device

A device the size of a smartphone could deliver easier, affordable therapy for muscle recovery and development. Under development with the Lab, the LiveBand puts short-term limits on a limb’s blood flow, which pushes muscles to work harder under less stress. Dr. Eric Bowman explains how he’s creating a more accessible version of a proven therapy – with the potential to move from the physical therapy studio to the corner gym.

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Start-Up Demo Day to Spotlight Cutting-Edge Solutions to Healthcare Access

By Lab Staff / January 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Start-Up Demo Day to Spotlight Cutting-Edge Solutions to Healthcare Access

Technology is now a valuable facet of healthcare, and startup companies are constantly creating innovative solutions to improve patient health and deliver care where people need it. Is your hospital looking for ideas on how to solve healthcare delivery challenges?

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Lab’s ‘Boots on the Ground’ Nurtures Innovation Culture at Avera Health

By Lab Staff / January 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Lab’s ‘Boots on the Ground’ Nurtures Innovation Culture at Avera Health

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I work for a unique healthcare incubator. I’m the Innovation Lab’s “boots on the ground” at Avera Health. I’m here to help enhance and grow the culture of innovation through the system, which includes hospitals, clinics and other healthcare services across four states in the Upper Midwest.

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Four Best Practices for Leading for Innovation

By Lab Staff / December 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Four Best Practices for Leading for Innovation

During this past year, which has been dramatically shaped by our response to the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers demonstrated they could push through stress, pain and untold human suffering to find better ways to care for others. Their collective creativity and innovation has been phenomenal, leading to: faster, more efficient supply chains for critical equipment and…

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Pandemic Generates Best Practices for Pediatric Telehealth

By Lab Staff / December 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Pandemic Generates Best Practices for Pediatric Telehealth

By their very nature, pandemics stress healthcare networks, as providers are constantly adapting to new best practices that drive quality patient care. In the case of COVID-19, the challenge of providing preventative, acute and chronic treatment has been complicated by the risk of respiratory spread. The obvious solution? Telehealth, where secure video capabilities allow for…

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Hackathon Generates Ideas to Change Pediatric Healthcare Delivery

By Lab Staff / November 17, 2020 / Comments Off on Hackathon Generates Ideas to Change Pediatric Healthcare Delivery

A pandemic can’t hold great ideas and solutions at bay, especially when it comes to improving healthcare for young patients. In fact, the coronavirus environment is generating a new slate of tough challenges to solve if we’re to successfully navigate today’s world. Getting to the right answers is about creating an opportunity for smart people…

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Inventors Create BayWin Closed Circuit Valve to Protect Patients and Caregivers

By Lab Staff / November 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Inventors Create BayWin Closed Circuit Valve to Protect Patients and Caregivers

For two decades, Dr. Harry Bayron and Neil Winthrop worked to reimagine a safer ventilator valve so providers could easily treat patients and protect everyone in the room. Then came a chance online mention of the Innovation Lab – and the novel coronavirus pandemic. Bayron, a retired pediatric cardiologist, and Winthrop, a respiratory therapist, had long tinkered with…

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