Quarterly 'I am an MUSC Innovator' awards recognized

July 06, 2021
MUSC innovators who participated in the 2021 MUSC Shark Tank competition are recognized. Photo by Anne Thompson

The MUSC Office of Innovation is proud to recognize the following teams as the June 2021 recipients of the “I am an MUSC Innovator” awards. These teams were contestants during our Shark Tank competition held on April 29.

Michelle Spiegel, M.D., Carolyn Bell, Amanda Davis, Annie Simpson, Lindsay Smith, Janet Byrne, Achsah Philip, Greg Hall and Andrew Goodwin, M.D., conceived a project titled “Work Smarter, Not Harder: Innovative Re-Design of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) to Drive Evidence-Based Fluid Prescribing.” This project aims to redesign the process of adult IV fluid ordering within the CPOE system and incorporates a decision support system that assists providers with patient-specific and evidence-based IV fluid prescribing at the point of care.

Rebecca Nickell, Brittany Jones, Pharm.D., Joli Fermo, Sahar Torabi, Carolyn Bondarenka and Aulbrey Drisaldi began work on their project “Home Hemoglobin A1c Monitors for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus.” The goal of this project is to increase the number of patients that have A-1 monitoring completed timelier, with an in-home point-of-care HbA1c monitor as an alternative to getting them during office visits.

Heather McGhee, Melissa Montiel, Phayvanh Pecha, Julia Black, Kimberly McClure, Eric Barbarite, Diane Andrews, Heather Bonilha and Krishna Patel are pursuing the development of “The Craniofacial Care Team App” to provide valuable access to the most up–to–date, evidenced–based resources for the care, management and treatment of the nearly 300 patients with craniofacial anomalies seen each year by multiple specialists at MUSC locations.

The team of Cindy Kramer, David Mahvi, M.D., Michelle Hudspeth, M.D., and Courtney McNeil, along with the Hollings Cancer Center’s Bone and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Oncology Navigation programs, is creating a virtual, centralized digital library for patients and their families to access multi–specialty oncology–specific care called “Clicks for Cancer Care: BMT and Oncology Navigation Programs.”

Andrew Novak, Sarah Screws, Kasey Jordan and Christina McDaniel, DNP, R.N. are working on “Changing Your Reality.” This project leads to the creation of a modular, customizable virtual reality product, which will be customizable to their clients’ needs and specifications.

Allison Wood, Layne Cave, Michelle Vandermaas, Morgan Ford and Betsy McMillan have combined their skills to launch the project “Scars on the Inside: Preventing Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress (PMTS) through Institutional Emotional Safety (ES) Initiatives.” This project aims to implement institutional emotional safety initiatives through intensive training of designated staff champions to become experts in ES methodology and the subsequent implementation of mandatory education for both clinical and nonclinical pediatric staff.

Leah Plumblee, M.D., Satish Nadig, M.D., D.Phil., and Carl Atkinson, Ph.D. have titled their project “Printed Vessel Perfusion Chamber.” The goal is to develop a 3D printed vessel perfusion chamber to facilitate the testing of endothelial targeted therapeutics, determine binding dynamics and allow testing novel therapeutics on human tissue that can be used in a humanized mouse model.

Jennie H. Kwon, Morgan Hill, Steven W. Kubalak and T. Konrad Rajab, M.D., are proposing a novel approach to heart transplantation with their “Partial Heart Transplantation: A New Operation for Children Requiring Valve Replacement” project.  The plan would be to deliver a growing heart valve replacement with the ability to self-repair and avoid thrombogenesis. This involves transplantation of the heart valve only, which will grow with the recipient child, similar to a conventional heart transplant or a Ross pulmonary autograph.

M. Andrew Rowley, Royal M. Pipaliya, Mallory J. Raymond, M.D., Mitchell J. Isaac, M.D., and Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D. are working on the project “Measuring Otologic Surgical Performance with Computer Vision (OTOVision).”  The goal would be to use an artificial intelligence framework to objectively measure surgical performance in a database of otologic surgical video clips and provide trainees with quick, objective analytics of videos in near real-time to drive improvement.

The I am an MUSC Innovator campaign is designed to raise awareness of the many forms that innovation can take, to inspire others and to recognize publicly the individuals and teams that are making impacts.

Each quarter, the campaign showcases innovative educators, researchers, care team members and service team members enterprisewide who have been nominated for their innovation impact.

Nominations are solicited by and submitted to the chief innovation officer and evaluated based on the merits of the innovation, including potential impact and unique factors that contributed to the innovation. Nominations are solicited on a quarterly basis but may be submitted for consideration at any time.

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Award criteria
To be eligible for the I am an MUSC Innovator campaign, the individual must be:
•Employed by MUSC or attend MUSC as a student.
•Recognized within the organization for the creation of an idea, product or process which can solve a problem or create a new opportunity.
•Recognized as collaborative, respectful, adaptive to change and committed to quality care.

The individuals or teams that are finalists in the Shark Tank Competition during Innovation Week are also recognized. Up to six individuals/teams are selected each cycle. Recipients receive lanyards and crystal trophies. Notice of their awards are also published in The MUSC Catalyst News and various department newsletters and on the MUSC Innovation website.