Our Path To Solutions

We are committed to combing the universe of scientific, technological, and engineering methods to find solutions for overcoming the key challenges to improving accountability, coordination, communication, and mobility in health care.

Social/Behavioral Science ResearchClick to read more

Starship Health Technologies is focused on the aspects of health care that involve people (both providers and patients) and their interactions.  We use social and behavioral science methods to collect data and to build analytical models that provide understanding of the processes underlying these engagements. We collect data on processes such as clinical collaboration and communication using methods of ethnography, qualitative interviewing, and cognitive task/work/interaction analysis.  From such data, we create analytical and simulation models, such from social network models of care coordination, or computational cognitive models of patients and providers.  The resulting models, in turn, inform the development of technology to improve those interactions, and can even be integrated into the technology solutions themselves.

Supportive Technology DevelopmentClick to read more

The clearest path to improve health care processes is to develop efficient technologies and tools to directly support them.  Decision augmentation technologies can be used to improve clinical decision- making. Technology for computer supported cooperative work can be applied to create timely networked workflow and team communications.  Social computing technologies can facilitate care coordination and improve front-line care, while documenting the communications and interaction that make up the meshwork of coordinated care. All of these technologies are critical components for measuring performance and providing a basis for continuous quality improvement.

Advanced Learning TechnologiesClick to read more

Healthcare providers are confronting an increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare systems which are placing unprecedented demands on providers and provider teams to coordinate and exchange information in a manner that optimizes patient outcomes.  Advanced training technologies have the potential to more efficiently prepare providers to operate in this new environment.  Recent advances in science and technology education techniques including adaptive, intelligent tutoring; mobile learning; simulation & game-based learning; standardized and virtual patients and immersive practice environments offer turnkey applications in healthcare.  These advances can be applied to training for competencies such as communication and coordination skills, which are at the crux of accountable, coordinated care.

Human-Centered Design and DevelopmentClick to read more

Complex human-technology systems require  uniquely different approach early in their design and development to ensure their effectiveness when deployed.  Human Centered Design and Development encompasses the design philosophy, as well as a set of procedures and practices, that are  oriented toward better understanding, integrating and representing the role and needs of people in the system and designing to human-centered requirements.  Modern healthcare systems will benefit from this approach by deliberately thinking through the needs of providers and provider teams  as the critical, initial step in conceiving of new systems and devices.  Coordinated care systems, for example, must be designed to foster and support crucial interactions and communications in a manner that is transparent to providers and patients.  All health care interactive technology are most effective when they are based upon intuitive, usable, and easily-learnable interfaces.