Hacking Medicine and the Rx It Offers for Innovation in All Industries


MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar SeriesAndrea Ippolito

Andrea Ippolito, SDM ’11, Ph.D. Student, Engineering Systems, MIT
Allison Yost, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, MITAllison Yost

Date: June 16, 2014

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About the Presentation

Based at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, MIT Hacking Medicine brings together stakeholders who are passionate about changing the status quo in healthcare. The “hacking” approach fosters an ecosystem of empowerment for launching disruptive healthcare solutions. To date, more than 16 hackathons have been held across four continents, resulting in more than 600 idea pitches and the formation of more than a dozen companies—including PillPack, Podimetrics, Smart Scheduling, RubiconMD, Eagle Health Supplies, and Twiage.

In this webinar, you will learn how to apply the hacking approach to your industry and domain. Based on their experience in hacking medicine, MIT’s Andrea Ippolito and Allison Yost will:

  • discuss the hacking philosophy and the powerful promise of this approach;
  • describe what is needed to short-circuit (and continue to short-circuit) the flaws in innovation; and
  • share their mantras for hacking healthcare and medicine and reveal ways to develop mantras for innovation in your organization.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us.

About the Speakers

SDM alumna Andrea Ippolito is a Ph.D. student in engineering systems at MIT. While at SDM, she served as a research assistant in the MIT Lean Advancement Initiative, where she and fellow team members worked directly with the US Army’s chief of tele-health to architect the future delivery system for the US Department of Defense. Prior to coming to MIT, she worked as a product innovation manager at athenahealth and as a research scientist at Boston Scientific Corporation. Ippolito holds a B.S. in biological engineering and an M.Eng. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University.

Allison Yost is a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at MIT. Her research focuses on designing microfluidic devices at the nanoscale for medical and biotech applications. She aspires to be an entrepreneur in the healthcare and medical space. Yost received her S.M. in mechanical engineering from MIT and her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.