inHealthBlocks, a Technology Innovation Center-led product, recently received the Microsoft Innovation Acceleration Award. This translational support from Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and Microsoft Corporation promotes entrepreneurship and adoption of leading digital technologies. The $50,000 award is intended to advance technology or support startups focused on using Digital Solutions, Computer Science, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence to use modern solutions to address societal problems and create markets.

inHealthBlocks is a Johns Hopkins University enterprise analytic software solution that incorporates the use of wearables in clinical trials at scale for use by academic medical centers and contract research organizations. While taking advantage of the latest Microsoft AI Cloud tools, inHealthBlocks provides a number of benefits to clinical researchers: 

  • more efficient than current systems 
  • leverages robust commercial technology
  • reduces risk and increases accuracy

inHealthBlocks integrates remote patient monitoring, medical wearables, and study management in one place. The platform includes:

  • dashboard to streamline research operations for study coordinators
  • native mobile application to keep participants engaged over the course of the study
  • Microsoft technology that transforms device data into research-ready industry standard format

The Microsoft Innovation Acceleration award will also provide inHealthBlocks with multiple other advantages, credits, and licenses to support the company’s path to commercialization. The team plans to use the award for hiring a senior front-end software developer who will help implement visuals for the web dashboard. The team is led by Bill King, a senior product manager at the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center (TIC). Dr. Brian Hasselfeld, the senior medical director for digital health and innovation at Johns Hopkins Medicine is inHealthBlocks’ digital medicine advisor. Other team members include:

  • Parastoo Aslanbeik – User Experience Lead (TIC)
  • Jamin Brown – Full Stack Engineer (TIC)
  • Golnoosh Kamali – Technology Development Associate (JHTV)
  • Dominic Surrao – Senior Software Engineer (TIC)