Accelerating the Innovation Cycle
If ever an industry was in need of both incremental and disruptive innovation, it is today’s healthcare industry. Realizing the full potential of innovation across the spectrum of healthcare environments is critical to address the well-documented, emerging global crisis generated by the aging of the population, the obligation to increase access for all to the best standard of care, and the societal imperative to contain costs. In addition, as budgets at funders such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA), the National Health Service (NHS, UK) and others are increasingly constrained, it is more important than ever to increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which investments in fundamental research and development translate into products, services, and procedures that improve the health and well being of people around the world.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Point-of-Care Technology Research Network: Advancing Precision Medicine
This Article is Featured in the Special Issue NIH-IEEE POCT 2015
To advance the development of point-of-care technology (POCT), the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering established the POCT Research Network (POCTRN), comprised of Centers that emphasize multidisciplinary partnerships and close facilitation to move technologies from an early stage of development into clinical testing and patient use. This paper describes the POCTRN and the three currently funded Centers as examples of academic-based organizations that support collaborations across disciplines, institutions, and geographic regions to successfully drive innovative solutions from concept to patient care.