Letter from Leadership
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Technology Innovation Center leads change in patient care by collaborating with internal and external partners. Our Annual Report highlights how we met the challenges that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 in support of patients, students, faculty, and staff. But COVID-19 was not the only headline of 2020. We still carried out our leadership program for analysts, innovated in precision medicine and digital health, and ran another cohort of our medical software accelerator program.Learn More
Response to COVID-19
Technical Leadership During the Pandemic
The Technology Innovation Center sprang into action in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. From initial quick fixes to a more comprehensive approach bringing solutions together under a single umbrella, the TIC teams offered their technical, design, analytic, and project management expertise to the Johns Hopkins enterprise.
Advancing Patient Care through Clinical Data
The inHealth Precision Medicine team worked with the Johns Hopkins Core for Clinical Research Data Acquisition (CCDA) to produce a COVID-19 data registry. The TIC provided infrastructure support to the CCDA for tools such as the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model and ATLAS, which harmonize disparate data sources to facilitate multi-institution research on COVID patients. The Precision Medicine Portal expanded to become a one-stop resource for the inHealth community. The Precision Medicine Analytics Platform (PMAP) Discovery Platform was also expanded, allowing researchers to bring their data together in a centrally managed location and access data sets through modern analytical tools. There are now 17 Precision Medicine Centers of Excellence (PMCOE).
patients' Epic data converted
into the OMOP common data model
Chesapeake Digital Health Exchange (CDHX)
Leveraging Digital Health’s Rapid Expansion
Chesapeake DHX is a regional economic development effort co-organized by the Technology Innovation Center and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. In 2020 the Chesapeake DHX hosted a series of virtual Digital Health Huddles that featured local start-up leaders, a pitch event, and virtual trivia game. The initiative also co-hosted the MAVRIC conference, featuring emerging augmented and virtual reality technologies, with a focus on healthcare. Chesapeake DHX continued providing mentoring and technical guidance to digital health start-ups in the region.
digital health companies engaged,
raising >$20M in funding
Adapting Technical Support for Remote Work and Learning
The Tech Hub supports the technological needs of Johns Hopkins affiliates on the medical campus. Throughout the pandemic, the Tech Hub has eased the remote-work transition of many employees while continuing to support essential workers on campus through hardware and equipment repairs. Starting in March, the Tech Hub drastically increased their supply of webcams and iPads, securing and deploying hundreds of each across the institution. They now also offer work-from-home product bundles for simplified ordering, along with same-day shipping and contact-free delivery. For virtual education, the Tech Hub provided 75 Apple AirPods to professors and 100 tablets to employees with children in Baltimore City Schools.
cams secured and deployed
Student Services Excellence Initiative (SSEI)
Improving the Student Digital Experience
Working together, the TIC and SSEI teams are reimagining and unifying the Johns Hopkins digital experience through testing and launching a case management platform, designing a shared services website, hosting co-design sessions, and creating a Student Advisory Committee. SSEI is a university-wide initiative launched in 2016 by the Office of the Provost to improve the student experience across Johns Hopkins' nine schools. The SSEI team implements a user-centered design approach to improve student services in four areas: process standardization and digital workflow, unified digital student record, technology enhancements and shared services.
student interviews and
usability tests conducted
Hexcite: Excited for Healthcare
Hexcite is an entrepreneurial accelerator program for early-stage medical software ideas. Johns Hopkins clinicians enter the program with a clinical problem they would like to solve through technology and are matched with business, technical, and design experts to build a technology product and start-up.
unique viewers for the
Final Pitch Event
Featured Hexcite Team: ROSE
Rose is a Remote Patient Monitoring solution that helps healthcare providers stay connected with their patients and monitor their mental health. It includes a provider panel to deliver remote care for reimbursement and a patient app with daily assessments, educational content, and telehealth scheduling capability. Hexcite helped Rose identify a market fit within the primary care space. It provided the structure and resources for stakeholder interviews, hypothesis testing, and networking. Hexcite led to investor connections and pilot opportunities.
Hexcite Team Dr. Matthew Peters, Kavi Misrilall, Joanna Fadel, Josh Christenson
LEADS: Leadership in Analytics and Data Science
LEADS is a data stewardship program hosted by the Technology Innovation Center in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Data Trust. Participants attend weekly lectures and workshops that cover multiple topics related to health care data compilation, analysis, and utilization. Learning both Python and SQL, at the end of the program all students are divided into teams and asked to use these programs to create a patient utilization mock dashboard.
Hopkins departments represented
Featured LEADS 2020 Participant: Jeremy Durkin
Jeremy is a Data Analytics Manager at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he leads a small but mighty team of analysts whose mission it is to drive the fundraising success of Johns Hopkins Medicine through data and analytics. Jeremy first joined LEADS in 2019 as a student and found the push into Python programming that he received to be extremely valuable. Jeremy came back for the 2020-2021 LEADS program as a faculty member. He enjoys sharing the excitement of learning with the class while gaining a wealth of knowledge from the students as well.
By the Numbers / Impact
hours worked on COVID projects
density monitored lab space check-ins
using the Prodensity app
in the Patient Pass app
projects worked on
on Precision Medicine
approved Registry IRBs
Remote Team Culture
Fashion and Co-workers at Home
Team members were most likely to describe their remote work style as comfy and casual. Our colleagues working alongside us at home include dogs, cats, birds, and kids.
Everyone uses Zoom and Microsoft Teams to collaborate with co-workers and attend meetings, but more people prefer Zoom over Teams if they get to choose their video meeting platform.
The hottest fashion accessory this year is the non-disposable face mask. People own an average of 6 to 10 masks, although some team members admit to owning more than 20.
Treat Yourself to Tech
AirPods are the most frequently purchased technology among TIC team members this year. From remote meetings to walking in the fresh air, they’re perfect for work and play.
Coffee is more popular than tea or water as a morning (or all-day) beverage. Most team members get their coffee from Starbucks or their Keurig, but others use French presses, drip coffee pots, and pour-over carafes.
Connecting to Solve Complexities