Baystate Medical Center in Springfield is participating in a new program for medical device entrepreneurs that allows them to "shadow" doctors working in the field, according to an article published today, March 20 on Masslive.com. The program, an initiative of the private, nonprofit Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, seeks to improve patient care by allowing medical device entrepreneurs to see firsthand the challenges doctors face in treating patients.
So far, only two hospitals have agreed to participate in the program, known as the "Bay State Shadowing Program." These hospitals are Baystate Medical Center and the Boston Medical Center. Eleven surgeons at Baystate are participating. Patients, however, need to consent to the program before an entrepreneur views their treatments.
While there are no specific innovations that will come out of the program, according to the article, the Bay State Shadowing Program will allow medical device entrepreneurs to see how doctors actually treat patients and use equipment in the field. This, in turn, will give the entrepreneurs a different perspective and provide a new way of looking at problems, or discovering problems they didn't know existed.