Will applied mathematics help Elhabib to elaborate an optimal shooting strategy?

To shoot, or not to shoot, that is the question.

Elhabib warming up before the game.

During the traditional wheelchair basketball game, clinical innovation fellows are constantly faced with the choice of whether to shoot for the hoop or to hold on to the ball and hope a better opportunity will arise. Right before the game, Elhabib, our expert in optimization, tried to use his knowledge to elaborate an optimal shooting strategy without the help of a computer.

Did the strategy work?

Considering the final score, the current strategy may need some refinement.

Stay tuned, for more update!

Clinical Innovation Fellows 2017-2018

Simulation and Role Playing for Hospital Physical Environment Design

Patients falling in hospitals are a major problem in healthcare that usually goes unseen. Statistics show there are about 70,000 – 100,000 cases yearly in the U.S. Falling in hospitals results often in medical consequences that include fractures and bleedings, including internal bleedings. This makes preventing falls a priority when designing hospital physical environments. Technology today brings new possibilities for stakeholders involved in the design of hospitals and understanding different requirements for different user groups.

Semra takes the time to take a picture during her role play with a walking aid.

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Battery recharged – Let’s invent!

The beginning of December has been really intensive for team Rehab. We concentrated our energies to get a deep knowledge on our unmet clinical needs and to recruit four master students, which will help us to provide local improvements for the Highly Specialized Pain Rehab Clinic at Danderyds hospital.

Luckily the holiday season came right in time to help us recharging our battery. Some of us opted for recharging at lower temperatures, like Jenny and Akvile, while Raoul, and me chose warmer charging stations.

The Golden Gate Bridge (Photo credits: Giampaolo)

Frozen lake in Dalarna (Photo credits: Jenny)

Most interestingly, while in San Francisco I got the chance to meet the Director of Global Strategic Marketing and Innovation for Johnson & Johnson. He screened our clinical needs and provided great feedback that will help us to determine which need has the greatest potential to take forward into invention.

Team Rehab is (almost) ready to invent!


Keep you posted!


It is the (S)elections month!

400 observations, 200 needs and 90 commercial needs was the outcome of the observation phase. We are now at the second phase going through the need selection that will result in the choice of the one and only need that we will continue with for the rest of this process.

Going through needs

This November, busy is definitely the word. Team medicine has just gone through three crazy weeks. The meeting with our business mentors at the beginning of November was valuable. Their feedback on the 10 commercial needs that we presented lead us to area to investigate further.  General aspects we should look at both to reformulate our needs and do research on them.

Semra making an argument as we discuss needs

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Barcelona Fellows Graduation and Shared Take-away Lessons. A Joint Team Update.

Three of us from CIF (Clinical Innovation Fellowship): Anton and Semra from Team Medicine, and Jenny from Team Rehab, had the honour of traveling to Barcelona and joining the Moebio (Biocat, Barcelona) fellows to participate in their graduation ceremony! Each of the three teams presented their respective projects in a final graduation pitch to a jury, followed by a question period – wow, what an impressive display! We wish you good luck and diplomacy in pursuing the market in present day in your country(ies). There were also several speeches including a keynote speech by Toby Reid (Biocity, UK), some of whose points we summarise below. Following the graduation we participated in a networking mingle and dinner, as well as a knowledge-sharing workshop the next day.

”Get connected and find true validated product market fit and everything else will get a lot easier.” Toby Reid

We weren’t the only lucky fellows to be part of this ceremony, three Bioinnovate (Ireland) fellows made the trip as well! There was a lot of networking and some really great information sharing going on. All this was interspersed with some delicious food (all dining recommendations gathered by food maestro Anton), shopping enjoyed by all, some barefoot beach walking enjoyed by Semra, while Jenny could not get enough of the sun. The constant ’cafe cortados’ kept us all going strong despite our early morning flight.

We learned that even though we’re in different hospitals, in different countries, our experiences are much the same. We learned that the first reason for startups to fail is that there is no market need. We learned to not make it easy for ourselves to prove a need, we need to question and revise it all the time!

We had an inspiring and constructive knowledge sharing session between our three programs. The Irish fellows are also at the beginning of the needs validation phase, as we are, and the now all-knowing Barcelona graduates were able to share there experience on all our needs validation and team building questions! The international knowledge sharing across schools was a great concept that we hope to keep up!

We enjoyed the people, the feedback, the weather, the food, and have gathered energy and ideas to bring home to our teams. We feel inspired and ready for the next phase!

Congratulations again to all the Moebio Biocat Fellows – well done!

Anton, Jenny, and Semra

Students: Do you want to help us innovate healthcare?

Application Deadline Extended to December 15, 2017

Team Rehab, after spending  the last six weeks  observing and interacting with healthcare professionals and patients  in the Highly Specialized Pain Rehab Clinic at Danderyds hospital, is giving students the opportunity to work on high-impact clinical needs which were identified during our clinical immersion.

We are looking for students in mathematics/optimization, graphic design, marketing, communication, and psychology.  

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Letar du efter examensarbete inom industriell ekonomi, logistik, management, eller optimering? Titta här!

Är du intresserad av att jobba med verkliga problem som både har stor betydelse och effekt? Vill du tillämpa dina kunskaper för att förbättra processer inom management relaterat till vård? Det här är en chans du inte vill missa. 

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Can the game Telephone teach us something about healthcare?

Have you ever played the game where players form a queue, and the first person on the queue whispers a message to the second person, who whispers to the person next in line. This goes on until the last person get that whispered message and then repeats what she heard. The final message is compared to the original message, giving a moment of both laughter and wonder on how the message got distorted. (Here is an example, as late night show host Jimmy Kimmel with the cast of Avengers played prior to a show). Well, I am asking you through describing the game mechanism rather than giving it a name because we never agreed on one. Telephone, Chinese Whisperers, Grapevine, Russian Scandal or even the Téléphone Arabe (French for Arabic Telephone) are few names (Viskningsleken in Swedish).  It just seems that people could not fathom how information could be lost if all spoke the same language. So, the French called it the Arabic Telephone, other nations called it Chinese Whisperers or Russian Scandal as Arabic, Chinese and Russian are presumably hard to understand. Funny enough, if a group of Chinese (respectively Russians) play the same game, speaking Chinese (respectively Russian) they still get the same laughable outcome as Frenchmen playing in French.  

Anton pretending to whisper something to Semra

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Why had Romans been stomping around and terrorizing electric fish on the beach?

The personal physician to Roman Emperor Claudius documented something I find weirdly funny: standing on a live electric rays fish at the beach as treatment to alleviate pain. No notable protests and campaigns against stepping over fishes were reported, but evidently, the treatment was effective enough for it to be documented for posterity.

I was waiting for a sunny warm day to hit the beach and go fishing in Sweden to try it. However, considering the time of the year, Lisa, one of the physiotherapist at the Highly Specialized Pain Rehabilitation Clinic, had the great idea to make me test the modern Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS).

Me concentrated on the electrical stimulator.

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