Having three young children, we have learned nothing is worse than seeing your child in pain or unwell. We feel particularly drawn to supporting Leadership Circle to help ensure that every child has access to the best medical care available. Innovation is a key component of this, and we love being a part of the “Innovators” who have come together to support promising projects that can truly change pediatrics.Brittany and Matt Messmer
Power Pitch: Innovation Can’t Wait
Power Pitch is an exclusive opportunity for Innovators to fund projects outside of the regular Leadership Circle grant cycle. Power Pitch projects are supported with a percentage of Innovator funds set aside from general Leadership Circle funds.
Initial vetting of Power Pitch proposals is conducted by Phoenix Children’s Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer David Higginson. At our quarterly Power Pitch events, Innovators hear the pitches and vote on whether to fund the projects.
February 2022 Power Pitch
Innovators awarded grants to two projects at the February 2022 Power Pitch event.
Hybrid Clinic Visit
During the pandemic, Phoenix Children’s learned how to conduct meaningful virtual clinic visits via Zoom when the doctor and the patient were in different physical locations. Now that more visits are again taking place in person, it’s clear that it can be very useful to include additional parents or clinical staff virtually in the visit between a patient and a doctor. Initiate a pilot program of 40 Amazon Show devices at a cost of $250 each – adding a small computer to each room that is capable of very easily joining a Zoom meeting.
Smart Patient TVs
Inpatient Room TVs haven’t changed for 15 years and currently are capable of providing cable only. Initiate a pilot program working with ASU Luminosity Lab to test and vet several Smart TVs with real families and patients in an inpatient-room setting. Test a variety of devices capable of incorporating Amazon Omni TV, Zoom with a camera, different speaker options, different remote cases and tethering.