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The Consortium for Health Innovation Partnerships (CHIPS) Conference 2024

The Consortium for Health Innovation Partnerships (CHIPS) Conference took place on June 8th at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. This landmark event, hosted at the institute for the first time, was made possible through the dedicated efforts of the Committee Chair, Dr. Shuhan He. The conference’s success was also due to the invaluable support of partners: Health Tech Without Borders, UC Riverside, Medial Health, A Healthier Democracy, and BK XL.

The conference began with a series of insightful presentations from a distinguished lineup of speakers. These experts shared their knowledge and experiences, addressing pressing healthcare issues and showcasing innovative solutions. The presentations set the stage for a day filled with engaging discussions, networking opportunities, and the exchange of cutting-edge ideas.

The primary aim of the conference was to create a vibrant forum where students with a keen interest in healthcare and technology could come together to explore the latest advancements in these fields. The event fostered collaboration and dialogue among students from a wide range of disciplines, including clinicians, technologists, designers and business-minded people. This interdisciplinary approach ensured a rich exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Speakers

Margarita Monge and Dr. Kendrick Davis introduced their groundbreaking venture, Medi-Mo-Gis, a research-driven company specializing in emoji-based psychometrics.

Dr. Jarone Lee ceded the stage to his colleagues from Health Tech Without Borders, Olga Gershuni and Dr. Oleksandra Shchebet, who discussed their work at HTWB and provided insights into some of the most pressing healthcare challenges.

Dr. Andrew Marshall then took the stage to present Medial Health, detailing their mission to revolutionize healthcare quality, access, and efficiency in developing countries.

Following the keynote presentations, the conference transitioned into an interactive session where the students teamed up and collaborated on developing prototypes to address specific healthcare challenges presented to them by our speakers. Each team got the time to present their solution to our judges.

Judges

Top teams were honored for their innovative prototypes and awarded prizes by the judges:

Dr. Jeff HershCMO of CARTx, a biotech company focused on allogenic CAR-T treatments using AAV/CRISPR.

Dr. Mark ZhangChief Innovation Officer for the Veterans Health Administration.

Chris MartinezInvestor, product manager, and marketer leading BK-XL, a startup accelerator for underrepresented founders.

Research

For the first time, abstract submissions were conducted through the newly launched Conduct Science Academic Publishing platform, and the process was more than successful! 

Students were given the opportunity to submit their abstracts and present them via a Zoom call on June 7th. The Scientific Committee reviewed the presentations and awarded prizes to the top two abstracts!

TOP ABSTRACTS

Margarita Monge and Kendrick Davis – An innovative integrated GIS and Quality improvement training program

Stella NamProject VITAL: Telehealth Innovation for Healthcare Equity in Africa