Strep-detecting app, AI to assess surgeons: How Johns Hopkins helps clinicians launch digital health startups

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures helps clinicians from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine bring their digital health ideas to market, reported.

For instance, the venture arm has helped Therese Canares, MD, director of pediatric emergency medicine digital health innovation, develop CurieDx, an artificial intelligence-driven mobile app to detect common childhood illnesses like strep throat virtually, according to the March 9 story.

"As a clinician, the business side of things is a new world," ophthalmologist Shameema Sikder, MD, told the news outlet. "The expertise and resources we have access to at Johns Hopkins are helping us understand that process so that we can bring much-needed clinical innovation to the world."

Her project, EyeLearn, employs deep learning to analyze surgical videos to assess the performance of surgeons and give them personalized feedback.

"What makes us unique is that we look at everything through the lens of the market," Mark Komisky, a leader at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, told "One of the things I try to bring to the table is that sense of: What does this look like in the real world, from an investor and customer perspective? Is it licensable? Who will buy the product? Can it be applied more broadly?"

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures connects the clinicians to potential customers and investors as well as tech companies like Microsoft, giving them access to technology like cloud-based AI services and augmented reality headsets, according to the story. Another undertaking, from pediatric heart surgeon Danielle Gottlieb Sen, MD, is creating a noninvasive heart monitor to detect potentially life-threatening conditions in infants before symptoms emerge.

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