Out of the corner of the room comes a soft whirring. When the whirring began, there was nothing. Hours later, and another medical innovation is ready—a patient-specific, anatomical model that will help a physician to plan and practice surgery on a patient’s unique anatomy, providing better care, saving time and money in the process.Continue Reading
Have You Heard of Carol Health?
Carol Health is a new on-demand nursing service in West Michigan that sends a RN to your home within an hour. See how Carol has impacted lives already.Continue Reading
The process begins with a container of plastic or liquid photopolymer. From there, the magic begins as the material is placed onto a platform, where it then cools and solidifies, or a laser moves across the platform, solidifying the layer. Another layer is applied. And another. And another. Until a complete model or prototype is produced.Continue Reading
Do you know a breast cancer survivor?
Over the last two years, Spectrum Health Innovations has been working with a group of Central Michigan University students (now alumni) to bring a Spectrum Health employee’s, idea to life: the thermal bra, which is now available!Continue Reading
Spectrum Health has protocols to ensure that patient health information is never exposed or compromised, but Nick Rambow saw an opportunity to make the process even more fail safe.Continue Reading
In this video, Jodie speaks about her innovation currently known as the thermal bra.
Jodie Faber, BS, CWP, manager, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Because of genetic testing, she was diagnosed early and chose to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. Jodie now has breast implants that brought on a chilling problem.Continue Reading
According to medicare.gov, home health care is defined as a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury.
By 2020, the home health industry will see a 69% growth in additional jobs within the home care field. That’s 1.3 million jobs! The reason for this growth? People are seeing home health care as a need, it’s more affordable, they have a desire to age in place, and simply the convenience of it (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).
Innovation starts with a good idea. However, a good idea alone is no guarantee of viable, marketable product. Depending on the complexity of the product innovation, it takes many experts, time and tenacity to bring an idea to fruition.
After months of planning and preparation, the MWest Challenge has finally come to a close. It was truly a unique collaboration between Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) at Grand Valley State University, West Michigan College and Universities Group, and Spectrum Health Innovations.
Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) and Central Michigan University (CMU) students have teamed up to design a bra that will keep breast cancer survivors warm.
A cold chest is a common side effect for women who’ve under gone a mastectomy and received breast implants or reconstruction as a result of the procedure.
Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) actively supports and encourages student entrepreneurship through working with students on development of projects and supporting them as they prepare for business plan competitions.
SHI is once again actively supporting and sponsoring the CMU New Venture competition. This year two student teams that will be presenting SH employee ideas: the thermal bra and auto-med flusher at the competition.
The numbers are astounding: every year, more than 7.5 million people go to a doctor’s office for shoulder pain, upper arm sprains and strains. James R. Lebolt, DO, section chief and orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine, Spectrum Health Medical Group, sees more than a few hundred such patients annually for these types of complaints.
The most commonly used shoulder braces currently prescribed offer stability in the shoulder area , but their design, Dr. Lebolt says, has changed little since the 1980s and 1990s, when the braces were first made.
Spectrum Health Innovations is excited to share the highlights from Fiscal Year 2016. The digital impact report highlights several of the accomplishments over the past year. Projects such as the epilepsy monitoring unit, probe and gel holder, scheduling software, and the nasogastric tube holder are to name a few. Working with area development firms and universities has once again illustrated the power of collaboration.
Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) is thrilled to be partnering with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) once again. As a university that is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, SHI is looking forward to another semester with both business and engineering students in helping better our patient experiences.
Spectrum Health Innovations partners with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State UniversityOctober 24th, 2016 by Lori Henry
Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD FSU) continue to explore the redesign of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit room project this fall.Continue Reading
Over the past month, the Spectrum Health neurology team traveled to Pittsburg for the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technicians 2016 Annual Conference. ASET is a premier exposition and education opportunity for neurodiagnostic technologists all over the country. Nearly 600 people including management, students, and educators took part in the three day conference. It is a must attend event for all professionals in the field. The conference provides an environment for exploring the latest trends, hands-on workshops, lectures, and the opportunity to further your professional growth. It also provided attendees the chance to connect with peers and leading experts in the industry.
Ferris Magazine Features Spectrum Health Innovations and Kendall College of Art and Design CollaborationSeptember 30th, 2016 by Lori Henry
Not that long ago, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Innovation project was featured by local media outlet, WOODTV: Hospital room changes could help epilepsy patients.
Today, Spectrum Health Innovations and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) continue to work together on furthering the development of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Human Centered Design Room and spreading the word of the collaboration.
Check out the full feature story in the Ferris State University on-line magazine.
Joseph Ross, Physical Therapist, Spectrum Health Center for Acute Rehabilitation, had an idea on how to make loading a wheelchair into an automobile trunk easier. He talked with Scott Daigger, manager, innovation and entrepreneurship, Spectrum Health Innovations. He explained how he had created the idea for a patient’s mother who was in her 60s and struggling with loading her wheelchair into her car. “I stayed after work that day and experimented with a crutch, using it as a lever,” Ross says. He demonstrated the maneuver to Daigger. He lifted the chair using the crutch into the trunk with much less effort than expected.
“It was amazing when I had Joe show me his idea,” Daigger says. “However, the crutch wasn’t the optimal tool to use. We decided to work with Hope College’s Center for Faithful Leadership and their student team to design a better, more convenient lever.”
Why not solve a problem before it happens? It’s called preventive care. Spectrum Health’s Center For Joint Replacement has already earned a reputation for knee replacement procedures with results that rank among the best in the United States. We are the only program in West Michigan that has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification for joint replacement surgery from The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accrediting organization. It would be easy to leave well enough alone, but even excellence has room for improvement. A group of Grand Valley State University students, under the tutelage of Dr. John Farris, and Spectrum Health Innovations came together to pave the way to a new kind of learning experience.