Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program


Megan L. Ranney MD MPH FACEP (top)
Krissy Morgan MPH (bottom)

The Emergency Digital Health Innovation (eDHI) Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine is an affiliate of Brown University and Lifespan Health System. We believe that use of evidence-based technology can help all emergency physicians to achieve the “quadruple aim” of improved patient care experience, reduced costs, improved health, AND improved provider experience. But to achieve this lofty goal, we must have great tools that have been developed, tested, and implemented in the ED setting.

 We actively pursue four objectives, to facilitate the achievement of this goal:

  1. To conduct high-quality, rigorous research on innovative digital health solutions for the acute care setting
  2. To facilitate partnerships between clinicians, researchers, and industry
  3. To use digital health solutions to improve acute care and long-term health, and to reduce costs, on the level of both individual patients and the population
  4. To train the next generation of leaders in digital health care

Over the past 4 years, we have led multiple studies in collaboration with federal funders, foundations, industry partners, clinicians, and patients. We currently are working on seven externally funded projects, three internally funded projects, and multiple collaborations with industry partners. We also collaborate with academicians from multiple departments within and outside of Brown and our hospital system, with our state government and with local non-profits.

Due to the lack of a rigorous evidence base, most of our projects focus on methodologically rigorous testing of digital technology, for applications that span from adolescent depression to chronic pain management out of the ED to post-discharge patient satisfaction. Much of our work depends on dynamic development processes (for example, focus groups to develop intervention content) that lead to randomized controlled trials.

In addition to conducting research and using these digital health solutions to improve acute care and long-term health, we are also working to educate the next generation of healthcare leaders in how to develop and use digital health. For example, we have developed curricula for a pre-clinical elective for Brown medical students; worked with the Brown Center for Bio-Informatics in mentoring students completing scholarly concentrations; and mentored multiple undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, as well as residents and fellows, in assistantships, internships, and independent studies. We work with our residency blog to disseminate our findings via blog posts and on Twitter, and lecture nationally on our approach to ED innovation.

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