SHARE: RIT IdeaLab Seeks Unique HealthCare Problems


Rochester Regional and RIT Alliance and the RIT Simone Center for Innovation are soliciting projects for the upcoming Healthcare IdeaLab.

What is IdeaLab?

The IdeaLab is a program that employs RIT student teams with multidisciplinary expertise to solve unique problems faced by Rochester Regional Health. The students will spend February 17 -18 designing innovative solutions under the guidance of an RIT faculty member and a sponsoring RRH administrator or clinician.  Student teams will then present their approaches to the RRH sponsor. Successful projects may then expand into ongoing student research or projects to develop product or service prototypes.

IdeaLab participants have successfully worked on a number of RRH problems/challenges, such as:

  • Transport of Deceased Patients Through The Hospital to the Morgue
  • Safe Movement of Patient Post Surgery From OR Table to Bed
  • Redesign of Behavioral Health Waiting Room space
  • Spinal Alignment Correction for Stroke Recovery patients
  • Orthopedic Surgeon Tool Organizer

Click on this link to view a video about the Idea Lab and a sample project: http://bit.ly/RITIdeaLab.

How to submit a project application

If you are interested in sponsoring a project, the Alliance would welcome your submission. Click on this link to apply by Wednesday, January 10: https://form.jotform.com/63426119612957

Student team compositions are based on the nature of the problem. They often include students with engineering, information technology, computer sciences, graphic design, industrial design and engineering, and operations management expertise. Once the problems have been submitted, the capabilities of available student talent will be evaluated.

Project sponsors should plan to be available 9 am – 4 pm, Saturday, February 17 and 1 – 3 pm, Sunday, February 18 for the project presentations. More details will be provided once the projects are selected.

Feel free to share with others who might be interested in submitting a project. If you have questions, please contact Cindee Gray, assistant vice president, Rochester Regional Health and RIT Alliance and RIT Institute of Health Sciences and Technology at  922.3212.