WIN­STON-SALEM, N.C.

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS -

— Prod­ucts pro­vid­ing more com­fort to pa­tients in awk­ward ex­am­i­na­tion and in­ten­sive-care set­tings are some of the first fruits coming out of the Wake For­est In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship Ini­tia­tive. Wake For­est Bap­tist Med­i­cal Cen­ter launched the di­vi­sion in De­cem­ber as part of an ef­fort to gen­er­ate more rev­enue from its aca­demic and clin­i­cal re­search. One pro­to­type in­volves a de­vice that al­lows for an eas­ier ex­change of an en­do­tra­cheal tube for in­ten­sive-care pa­tients. An­other pro­to­type is for a foam de­vice that fits over the ears to re­duce the deci­bel lev­els for pa­tients while in an MRI scan­ner. The two de­vices will be aimed ini­tially at Wake For­est Bap­tist pa­tients, said Eric Tom­lin­son, the hospi­tal’s chief in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer who dou­bles as pres­i­dent of Pied­mont Triad Re­search Park. “If we can see a larger op­por­tu­nity for com­mer­cial­iza­tion, then we will surely go down that path,” Tom­lin­son said. Re­searchers also are nearly ready to de­but a track­ing sys­tem that col­lects and stores data about ra­di­a­tion pro­tec­tive de­vices. “The pre­vail­ing mind­set for fac­ulty for decades has been pub­lish or per­ish,” Tom­lin­son said. “That has been sup­planted by the need for fac­ulty to be schol­ars and in­no­va­tors, to bring prod­ucts and ser­vices to pa­tients quicker and to com­mer­cial­ize and mon­e­tize their in­no­va­tions.”

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