DHTI is an environment where disruptive health care innovations are clinically tested and rapidly delivered to patients. CMU researchers will lead the development of engineering, science, biomedical and health care delivery technologies in partnership with new institute clinicians. De-identified, aggregated claims data is used to support the research that is being conducted to create patient-centered solutions and establish real-time impacts.

A pool of national and regional resources has been formed to facilitate the work of DHTI. We seek to identify key challenges and problems in clinical care that could be solved with the right technology. Using a unique combination of resources we have demonstrated that cross-disciplinary strategy validation teams can use claims data to identify both the challenges and the likely impact on value-based care of technological success.

Our process begins with series of SPARK Strategy Mapping mini-retreats that have been designed to utilize horizon mapping techniques to determine the areas of strategic importance where technology could increase the simplicity, affordability and accessibility of health care delivery. During our SPARK strategy retreats, we target partnership resources on areas of strategic importance to best define our mutual interest with partner and collaborative organizations. During the one and a half day strategy retreat, we facilitate industry-led presentations , engage national subject matter experts, lead structured discussions and brainstorming breakout sessions all to build consensus on the development of targeted programs, funding and partnerships opportunities. This “crowd-sourcing” model of obtaining needed solutions, ideas and content from a large group of relevant thought-leaders is the first step in our one or two-year technology development programs.

• Cardiac MRI
• Home Health Technologies
• Colon Cancer
• Point of Care Pathology
• Esophageal Cancer
• Biofilms • Vision
• Concussion Care
• Healthcare Costs and Policy
• Transplantation
• Medical Simulation

• Alleviating Trauma
• Detecting Infections and Failed Implants
• Robotics in Anesthesiology
• Palliative Care
• Care Coordination
• New Gen Biohybrids
• Wearable Devices
• Women’s Health
• Behavioral Economics

The SPARK Process

We begin the SPARK Strategy Mapping retreat process by posing key questions to our group of experts:

  • What science and engineering would provide the foundation for significant increases in the simplicity, affordability and accessibility in the domain of health care?
  • What are the predictable barriers (technical and organizational) that slow the emergence of these innovations and why are they hard to overcome?
  • Who is working on removing these barriers in our partnership and beyond?
  • What programs and projects could we launch that would overcome these barriers?
  • What resources do we lack (infrastructure / expertise / investment)?
  • How would a program be organized?
  • Could intermediate results be generated?

In the last two years alone, we have organized 20 SPARK Retreats, gathering 323 participants from 59 organizations to discuss, strategize, build and then deploy internal “crowd-sourcing” payer/provider/innovator strategy validation teams (these teams include a relevant combination of Carnegie Mellon University subject matter experts, physicians, nurses, epidemiologists and statisticians) to use claims data to identify both the challenges and the likely impact on value-based care of technological success.

Contact Us

  Phone: 412-268-3978
  Email: lwinter@andrew.cmu.edu