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Cincinnati Children’s Named a ‘Top Innovator’

Cincinnati Children’s has been named one of the Top Innovators for 2023 by Modern Healthcare, which cited software developed by a team of researchers and physicians to improve outcomes for kids in foster care.

The proprietary technology creates definitive matches between a healthcare organization’s electronic health record and the Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System, which enables real-time data sharing between medical teams and child welfare professionals to improve overall outcomes of kids in foster care (also known as protective custody).

Called IDENTITY, which is short for Integrated Data Environment to eNhance ouTcomes in cusTody Youth, the technology has been licensed to Cordata Healthcare Innovations, a Cincinnati-based software as a service company that connects communities and healthcare organizations to better serve at-risk populations.

Modern Healthcare is a business publication whose Top Innovators recognition goes to healthcare organizations leading transformative programs that achieve measurable results in improving care and contribute to clinical and financial goals.

The IDENTITY software, which improves cross-system communication and helps prevent gaps in healthcare delivery such as missed appointments, missed vaccinations and proper care coordination, was developed by a team at Cincinnati Children’s that included:

  • Sarah Beal, PhD, associate professor of behavioral medicine and clinical psychology and scientific director of child welfare research with the CHECK Foster Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s
  • Judith Dexheimer, PhD, associate professor of biomedical informatics and emergency medicine
  • Mary Greiner, MD, MS, professor of general and community pediatrics as well as medical director of the CHECK Foster Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s innovators are developing breakthroughs in nearly every area of healthcare – from digital solutions such as IDENTITY to therapeutics and medical devices. That includes world-first clinical trials of FLASH proton therapy to treat cancer, development of a neonatal MRI, and using virtual reality to plan cardiology procedures.

“These innovations are generated by our scientific researchers as well as those on the front lines such as physicians and nurse practitioners, whose creative ideas often turn into improved care for patients of Cincinnati Children’s as well as kids throughout the world,” says Abram Gordon, vice president of Innovation Ventures, the health system’s tech transfer and commercialization office.

Read the news release