New lab hopes to make Lancaster a hub for innovative health care technology


The Smart Health Innovation Lab works with health care technology companies to get equipment certified and on the market within 12 weeks. 

One of those companies is NeuroFlow, a program that lets patients do mental health exercises in the comfort of their own homes.

CEO Kim Ireland says the company picked NeuroFlow and KneeKG, since doctors believe these tools will improve the lives of patients in behavioral health and orthopedics. 

“We looked at over a hundred companies and narrowed it down to about 30 and really took a look at what are the high priorities of our partners,” said Ireland.

“We have created this program to take really innovative technologies things that could have a dramatic impact on people’s lives, bring down costs, and improve outcomes,” said Essam Abdir of Aspire Venture.

Over the next couple of months, technology representatives will meet with health care workers, including those at Lancaster General and Capital Blue Cross, to ensure the programs work well for current doctors and patients.

 “It’s not easy for technologies to get successfully integrated into our very complex electronic medical records….the vision of the lab has been able to accelerate that adoption,” said Jan Bergen, President and CEO of Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health.

“Using machine-learning algorithms, we can actually manage energy and stress level through heart-rate variability, and we get that through the phone flash.” said Chris Molaro, of NeuroFlow.

Health care experts are checking out NeuroFlow, which allows mental health professionals to treat their patients outside of their appointments, through tests patients take on an electronic device.

“To increase engagement, to increase compliance with mental health patients in and out of therapy session.”

Smart Health Innovation Lab says it hopes to add more companies in September.

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