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Health Innovation Lab: Accelerating Innovation on Frontlines of COVID Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to grow in our communities, hospitals are facing a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Nurses are on the front lines of caring for patients and cannot provide their best care without PPE.  Facing this severe shortage, many Duke health care practitioners have come up with ideas to help continue safe care to patients.  Enter the Health Innovation Lab.  The Lab has become an accelerator for people to conceptualize, prototype and test ideas and products.  It’s a safe space for inventors to create and recreate ideas.  In th

Health Innovation Lab Relaunches with Collaborative Innovation As Its Goal

For three years, the Health Innovation Lab (HIL) at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) has been a place to try out and improve health technology ideas and innovations, just as its creator, Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN, envisioned. Shaw’s vision got an upgrade in February, when the lab moved out of his office and into the 20,000-square-foot state-of-the art simulation area at DUSON.

Healthcare Innovation Conference: The Inventor’s Journey

Duke University School of Nursing and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center are teaming up to present a new Healthcare Innovation Conference on February 21. This daylong event will give healthcare professionals a roadmap for taking their idea and turning it into a full-fledged product. As part of the event, Duke Nursing associate professor Cristina Hendrix will moderate a panel featuring three North Carolina inventors who have navigated this journey.

Weberg to Deliver 2020 Harriet Cook Carter Lecture on Nursing Innovation

Duke University School of Nursing will present the annual Harriet Cook Carter Lecture on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 3 p.m. in Room 1014 of the Christine Siegler Pearson Building. The speaker will be Dan Weberg, PhD, MHI, BSN, RN, Head of Clinical Innovation at Trusted Health and Assistant Professor at Ohio State University College of Nursing. He will speak on “Leading Innovation and Creating Cultures of Change.”

Noonan Receives NIH Grant for Smokeless Tobacco Reduction Study

As a young graduate student, Devon Noonan started to notice a pattern. When children came into her respiratory care unit with breathing problems, more often than not their parents smelled like smoke. “We were not doing a good job addressing the smoking with the parents,” she said, “and yet this was a huge trigger for these kids who kept coming in.” Here was a clear opportunity for a behavior modification that could make whole families’ lives better through prevention now rather than acute care later.

Steinberg Awarded More than $3 Million to Improve Diet Quality for At Risk Populations

Around 100 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure and the first line of treatment for many is lifestyle changes, including making changes to the quality of the food eaten. Dietary change can be a challenging feat and many use diet tracking smartphone apps to obtain the support desired to help stick to the goal of dieting. Around 49 million dieters use top diet tracking apps, but many of the apps lack features that lead to the sustained behavior change needed to make a diet successful in the long-run.

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