Undergraduate students from the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering/MEM Program (Management and Engineering for Manufacturing) have collaborated on several Healthcare Innovation projects which were presented during the SON’s annual Shark Tank competition. The MEM program is a joint collaboration between the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Both the SON , SOB and the SOE are members of the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium. Students collaborated over both the Fall and Spring semesters to prove initial feasibility and a working prototype.
For the past three years, the SON Healthcare Innovation Program has challenged our undergraduate nurses to identify a healthcare problem and a creative solution. Ideas address a wide variety of healthcare issues such as global spread of disease (ex zika virus) and many improvements to the delivery of hospital based healthcare. In addition to working with the SOE/MEM program, the SON will also collaborate with the Biomedical Engineering Department this year on select projects.
Two of the collaborative teams are shown below.
Noninvasive monitoring of total body fluid including dehydration and fluid overload in real time
Novel Dispensing Unit eliminating millions of dollars in wasted gloves