‘You just have to engage and the answers will come’
NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey aims to become a hotbed of health care innovation with the recent development of an ideation center to help create and launch a new wave of health care technology, products and services, including home health care devices like wearables, software and health management platforms.
“One of the key tenets of this center is to create the conditions for innovation and creativity to happen,” said Thomas Bartiromo, chief innovation officer of the New Jersey Innovation Institute, which is a nonprofit corporation of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “We hope to bring real-world projects to the health care marketplace.”
The ideation center is a project of the NJII and Hackensack Meridian Health, and it will be run through NJII’s Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab, which specializes in pairing New Jersey’s top innovators with companies whose mission is to change the face of health care in New Jersey and across the country, Bartiromo said.
The ideation center, which began operation in April, will initially take ideas from employees of Hackensack Meridian Health, including family members and physicians. Eventually, it will solicit ideas through an application process, which is still being refined. A mix of staff and students from NJIT and Hacksensack Meridian, as well as entrepreneurs, major corporations, research scientists and others, review the applications and choose certain projects for advancement. Those projects will hopefully go on to prototyping and commercialization.
“We want to make the health care experience better from beginning to end,” said Bartiromo. “The center will provide an environment where developers can fail in a safe environment and advance in a more productive environment.”
Bartiromo said the most important aspect of the center is the brainstorming, discussion and problem-solving that takes place among the multidisciplinary staff.
“You don’t have to have all of the answers right away,” he said. “You just have to engage and the answers will come.”