School of Public Health students participate in Health Innovation Competition
The Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives is sponsoring a Health Innovation Competition. Using a TED talk format, undergraduate and graduate students will propose ideas and solutions to support national health reform priorities. Aiming to have new ideas tested and taken to scale in real life scenarios, a panel of executives who represent organizations that may have interest in the students' proposals will be part of the audience and will be encouraged to provide feedback.
School of Public Health’s Department of Health Administration masters students Nygel Williams and Brenton Andreasik, together with Ashish Uppala, a masters of science student in Business Systems, were selected to present their intervention idea. They proposed a solution that aims to improve the communication between emergency medical services and emergency departments. According to the UMD competitors, less than 75 percent of pre-hospital information is accurately communicated. These failures lead to the majority of medical errors each year, which contribute to cascading higher costs, poorer patient outcomes, and even death. They highlight that uncertainty about patient arrival time leads to scheduling problems and operational inefficiencies within the emergency department team. Their solution, called SpeedMT, is a cloud-based service that would allow first responders to accurately and reliably communicate patient information to clinical staff through a streamlined, intuitive button-based interface in real time. They intend to realize their pilot in the D.C. metro area.
The students are being advised by Health Services Administration Professor Neil Sehgal. The competition will take place at Georgetown University Hospital on March 25th, and the winning team will receive a $2,000 cash award.