Avhana Health grew its customer base more than 2,000% year over year in 2020, according to co-founder Noah Weiner. The digital health startup was taking off, but Weiner also “saw the writing on the wall” for 2021.

“We would either need to join forces with a larger company to support all our clients or raise more money,” Weiner said.

Baltimore-based Avhana chose the former, agreeing to be acquired by Amalgam Rx, a digital medicine and patient support company, after a courtship that only took four months and, due to the pandemic, was completed entirely online and in virtual meetings.


The TIC engages over a thousand users to give the Johns Hopkins web portal a user-centric, modern makeover

Developed and maintained by the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center (TIC), myJH is a web portal for Johns Hopkins online tools and resources. An average of 45,000 Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students come to the myJH portal website daily to access email, HR tools, cloud services, and other applications essential to their day-to-day work at Johns Hopkins.

Starting in 2019, in collaboration with partners across the Johns Hopkins institution, the TIC set out to completely rebuild and redesign this web portal. …

Patient Insight is a patient data visualization portal designed and developed by the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center (TIC) to improve clinical care experience.

Clinicians use the Patient Insight application to observe patients’ health status over time and better understand their progress. Accessible through Epic, this tool also helps clinicians to better communicate with their patients.

Initially, the TIC was tasked by the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence to build a tool to track disease progression and display patient history based on medications, MRI results, relapses, lab results, and patient-reported data.

Since the TIC uses a human-centered approach to design an application, the design team started with research and conducted interviews with clinicians to learn more about their needs and challenges.

With a better…

A Johns Hopkins start-up leverages the TIC to improve usability of its complex radiation delivery planning technology.

A laptop showcasing the web interface design

Oncospace is a Johns Hopkins-based, data-driven radiation oncology software start-up that builds radiation treatment planning tools based on artificial intelligence and clinical experience.

Radiation oncology treatment planning — or deciding the precise dose and angles for radiation delivery to targeted areas (while avoiding others) —
is detailed and complex. The Oncospace team produced an auto-planning software application that mirrored the complexity of the process and quickly realized they needed to streamline and simplify the tool for every day clinical use.

Oncospace reached out to the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center design team to unclutter the interface, standardize the look and…

The Technology Innovation Center (TIC) partnered with several teams and developed technologies allowing clinical visits and rounding to continue, while keeping all involved parties as safe as possible.

Virtual Patient Rounds

Physicians attending patient rounds at Maryland and Washington, D.C. Johns Hopkins hospitals can do so virtually to limit COVID-19 exposure. MyChart Bedside, implemented at Johns Hopkins prior to the pandemic, provides admitted patients with an iPad that includes a patient-facing electronic medical record solution. To initiate virtual visits through MyChart Bedside, physicians prompt an audible notification to the patient on their hospital-issued tablet. The push notification indicates that the rounding physician is available for video chat and links the patient directly to a private Zoom meeting room. The team faced several challenges implementing this solution, including Zoom security issues, security…

Director Dwight Raum and Deputy Director Paul Nagy describe how the Technology Innovation Center innovated during an extraordinary year.

Headshots of leadership on a zoom call.

The Technology Innovation Center (TIC) was founded to develop new Health IT solutions in partnership with clinical leaders, and deploy new technology across our health system. Over the past 5 years, we have completed dozens of projects, gaining expertise on how to help clinicians create usable solutions integrated seamlessly into clinical workflow, and leading change to improve the care of patients.

The trust, partnerships, knowledge, and experience we have created were put to the ultimate test this year with the COVID pandemic. The TIC immediately jumped into the fray, building solutions critical to the support of patient care, staff safety…

While the number of infections and deaths caused by COVID-19 has been well documented, the pandemic’s effect on mental health is still being measured. Clinicians who treat patients suffering from mental and behavioral health challenges have few tools at their disposal to meet remotely or monitor between clinical visits.

The remote mental health monitoring startup Rose began with just this problem in mind. Since late summer, Rose has seen a 2,000% growth in revenue and users, according to founder Kavi Misri. …

The Johns Hopkins accelerator pivots its closing event to a virtual setting and draws nearly 200 attendees.

The Johns Hopkins medical software accelerator program, Hexcite, empowers clinicians with the resources they need to bring entrepreneurialism to their workspace. Healthcare workers often face unique challenges that vary from clinic to clinic, making the ‘one size fits all’ approach unsuccessful when it comes to digital health solutions.

Johns Hopkins clinicians come to Hexcite with a medical software idea that has the potential to impact patient care in positive way — and doesn’t currently exist in the digital health market. …

A kidney cancer surveillance dashboard gives patients a comprehensive snapshot of their disease.

Dr. Phillip Pierorazio, Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology for the Brady Urological Institute, says there are 10–15% of kidney cancer patients who choose monitoring over immediate surgical intervention.

He hopes to raise this number by showing patients who are eligible for active surveillance — or clinical monitoring provided to patients with low grade cancers that are not likely to spread — the application he developed with the Technology Innovation Center: Kidney Active Care.

“The mortality was staying the same and we were potentially doing harm by performing more surgeries,” says Pierorazio.

Over 10 years ago, Johns Hopkins Hospital implemented…

Clinicians sharpen their emotional attention with patients through a web-based visual art collection.

“Medical students have an easier time discussing emotionally charged topics when they are approached on a slant, not directly,” says Dr. Margaret (Meg) Chisolm, Professor and Vice Chair for Education at the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

As an educator, Chisolm sees a hyper-focus on disease processes, leaving the human experience side of medicine out of balance.

In 2018, Chisolm partnered with colleague Dr. Susan Lehmann, Director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital Program to conceptualize an app that would aid clinicians in facilitated reflection with patients through art.

Requirements gathering for the solution brought…

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