Ion and Houston Methodist to open well being care innovation tech hub | Rice Information | Information and Media Relations

Houston Methodist has joined the Ion as the primary well being care-centric accomplice within the…

Ion and Houston Methodist to open well being care innovation tech hub | Rice Information | Information and Media Relations

Houston Methodist has joined the Ion as the primary well being care-centric accomplice within the rising innovation hub.

The hospital will construct out an area modeled after its Heart for Innovation Expertise Hub , situated at its flagship within the Texas Medical Heart, to showcase the most recent in well being care innovation.

“Partnering with Houston Methodist’s Heart for Innovation is thrilling. This additionally will advance the Ion’s means to help entrepreneurs and innovators which might be already on the Ion as we embark on a brand new focus in well being care innovation,” stated Jan Odegard, govt director of the Ion.

Anticipated to open later this yr, the Tech Hub on the Ion will occupy an roughly 1,200-square-foot house that may first be used for informational and academic programming, networking with fellow tenants and entrepreneurs, taking part in on-site mentoring and pitch competitions, and internet hosting open homes for the group to see how Houston Methodist is shaping patient-centered well being take care of the longer term.

 

Ion and Houston Methodist to open well being care innovation tech hub | Rice Information | Information and Media Relations
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Houston Methodist’s presence on the Ion advances its imaginative and prescient to foster extra collaboration throughout industries, becoming a member of aerospace, power, and oil and fuel corporations already embedded within the innovation hub. By the partnership, the hospital will develop the work of its Heart for Innovation and its Expertise Hub, which opened in early 2020 to offer a dwelling laboratory surroundings to expertise the most recent improvements in patient-centered well being care expertise, together with distant monitoring, ambient intelligence and digital actuality. The house on the Ion will reveal how present and future expertise work collectively within the hospital setting.

“We’re advancing the evolution of the hospital’s function in well being care via digital transformation,” stated Michelle Stansbury, vp of innovation and data expertise functions at Houston Methodist. “Having a footprint on the Ion is not going to solely present the Ion’s community and Houston group with a window into what we’re doing for sufferers, shoppers and suppliers, but additionally offers the Ion group and rising innovators a possibility to convey its personal ingenuity and concepts to life with ours.”

Partnering with Houston Methodist and welcoming it to the Ion, developed by Rice Administration Co. on behalf of Rice College, builds on the legacies of two of the state’s main establishments, stated Rice President Reggie DesRoches.

“Constructing new relationships and assets can develop digital innovation in well being care,” DesRoches stated. “Rice is thrilled to play its half, and we have a good time our shared dedication to significant group engagement.”

Houston Methodist and Rice College have a historical past of collaborations, together with the Houston Methodist-Rice College Heart for Human Efficiency below development on Rice’s campus. The house is meant to convey physicians, tutorial researchers and college college students collectively to work aspect by aspect with pupil athletes, trainers and coaches to advance analysis and training in human efficiency. Houston Methodist and Rice are also collaborating on the Heart for Translational Neural Prosthetics and Interfaces to convey collectively scientists, clinicians, engineers and surgeons to unravel medical issues with neurorobotics.

“By enhancing alternatives for our community of teachers, companies, entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate throughout the Ion District and globally, we’re making a extra resilient future economic system for our area,” stated Bryson Grover, Rice Administration Co.’s funding supervisor of actual property improvement.