Enabling the creation and/or scale of clinical care transformation work

HTL works to accelerate innovations at MGH, including assisting in the creation, development, and growth of transformative projects.

Our crowdsourced innovation contest is an engine for systematically prioritizing pain points and supporting great ideas from across all role groups.

Our events connect students, thought leaders and frontline staff and allow for sharing of insights from across industries.

Our education sessions, innovator in residence rotations, and Aetna Foundation fellows program offer a career pathway for clinicians interested in technology innovation.

The Ether Dome Challenge: Help us Transform Healthcare

The Ether Dome Challenge (EDC) is an open innovation challenge designed by the Healthcare Transformation Lab in collaboration with Harvard Business School. The goal of the EDC is to engage MGH staff to think of solutions to pain points that they face daily in their work at MGH. Winning ideas are granted funding to implement their ideas, and project support from the Healthcare Transformation Lab. In previous years, some of the winning projects aimed to: improve care-coordination for patient’s multidisciplinary days, develop algorithms to better match specialists to patients, and educate staff on how to make cost-effective supplies choices.
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The Ether Dome Challenge: Help us Transform Healthcare

Virtual Support Groups

“I hope my project highlights the importance of supportive care services for patients

Justin Jordan | EDC

Sick patients often have difficulty attending ?in-person support groups routinely, as they ?are held during the workday and are far from where the patients live. In collaboration with MGH TeleHealth, Justin is working to build virtual support groups with multi-user video chat software, starting with neuro-oncology and aiming to broaden to other disease groups.

Interested in running an Ether Dome Challenge for your department?

MGH HTL Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation

This one year action-learning program, made possible by a generous grant from the Aetna Foundation, provides a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals interested in hands-on care delivery transformation projects to make an impact on the front lines.  Fellows will spend majority of the year leading care delivery innovation projects in an academic medical center with mentorship from experts in the field as well as support from senior leadership. Sample focus areas of interest could include: a) digital health and health IT; b) quality, safety and outcomes; c) population health; and d) patient-centered care.


“The MGH HTL Fellows Program could not be a more perfect vehicle for me
to accomplish my goals.

Numa Perez | Department of Surgery, MGH

MGH Surgery resident and HTL Healthcare Innovation Research Fellow, Dr. Numa Perez grew up in El Salvador, where he observed his mother, a family physician, grow a practice of underserved rural patients.The experience ignited a passion to ameliorate healthcare disparities experienced by disenfranchised communities at a system’s level through the use of innovation.

After three years in the operating room, he saw an opportunity to improve both the experience and outcomes of his patients, building off his leadership and technology experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps and at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Through project guidance, mentorship, and exposure to digital health, the HTL Healthcare Innovation Fellows Research Program has empowered him to partner with an industry vendor to deploy a novel patient engagement and data collection platform among the MGH Colorectal Surgery patients. The app will serve as a digital surgical companion, providing patients with education, notifications, and reminders as they traverse what can be a very daunting perioperative journey. In addition, it will implement novel algorithms to prevent complications that are preventable and detect unpreventable complications earlier in the process. A one-year pilot will kick off in April 2019.

MGH Home Hospital

“I feel like the Home hospital RN was great and she keeps answering all my phone calls and keeps reassuring me… I really like that my mom can be at home and everyone is really good [at] taking care of her.

Daughter of Former Home Hospital Patient

Home Hospital provides patients with the type of medical care you would normally receive as an inpatient in the hospital, but is provided by a team of MGH clinicians in your home.

The MGH Home Hospital is staffed by highly trained providers. Research studies of home hospital programs have high patient satisfaction and equivalent clinical outcomes compared to inpatient care.
To ensure your safe­ty, your Home Hospital care team will be on-call and available to speak with you 24 hours/day. If you feel like you need someone to be with you during the night, your Home Hospital team can arrange for an overnight home health aide to support you.