Emergency Medicine

Innovative, Disruptive, Emerging Applications for Emergency Medicine (IDEA-EM)

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Innovate with us: Welcome to IDEA-EM. We believe that some of the best opportunities to improve patient outcomes and the patient care experience come through bi-directional industry partnerships. When clinicians, researchers, and engineers collaborate together we can recognize innovative ways to solve clinical problems of all scale. Our unique clinical and research experience allows our team to identify areas of need as well as developing a path to clinical implementation. If this path involves need for grant funding, we have vast experience in this field to further the process. In conjunction with the partners we work with, many different backgrounds meld to create a robust exchange of ideas and innovation to improve patient care and the healthcare system.


The mission of IDEA-EM at OHSU is to improve health through development and commercialization of new technologies that have academic interest, are potential sources of revenue, and develop clinician scientists as inventors.


Our vision is to become national leaders in clinical innovation and technology development though broad collaboration within and outside of OHSU. We hope to find solutions to clinical challenges that will improve the health of our patients and develop commercially successful products and intellectual property for our institution and faculty. We will work to develop productive and synergistic relationships with industry partners that allow clinicians who are the end users of technology and industry who produce what clinicians study/implement at the bedside to work together for the benefit of the patient, healthcare economy and medical systems. Maximizing these relationships will produce lasting contributions to healthcare that can ultimately lighten the burden of those in need of care.


We plan to achieve this mission and vision by providing an infrastructure and support to bridge the connection between physician-scientists and industry. We plan to do this by focusing on forming relationships in these 5 domains:

  • Develop and commercialize new devices that can be used clinically for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment

  • With increasing use of outpatient monitoring and electronic medical resources we will improve integration of data from the outpatient to inpatient arenas.
  • Identify areas of improvement in operational issues within various healthcare settings and develop processes to improve patient care

  • Improved detection of severe illness will allow for earlier interventions that are vital to improved outcomes.

  • Partner with industry to support clinical research that advances new technology and provides revenue to support new ideas

  • Clinicians provide vital feedback to industry partners on the products that are marketed


PreHospital Transport App

Purpose: The mode of transport to a higher level of care can be a challenging and costly decision. This app helps to incorporate medical acuity, GPS, and other factors to guide the decision of ground vs air transport
Principal Investigators: Scott Sherry PA
Funding: None
Commercialization Stage: Fully Built App; exploring commercialization avenues


Purpose: Novel technology to non-invasively measure distal blood flow to detect acute decompensation in multiple medical conditions
Principal Investigators: David Sheridan MD and Matt Hansen MD
Funding: OHSU Biomedical Innovation Award, Small Business Funding
Commercialization Stage: Start-up company; Intellectual Property filed; multi-site clinical testing


Purpose: Wearable technology to detect stress dysregulation in suicidal adolescents to decrease ER visits and suicidal attempts
Principal Investigators: David Sheridan MD and Steve Baker PhD
Funding: National Institute of Mental Health Grant, OHSU Biomedical Innovation Award, Welch Allyn Inc.
Commercialization Stage: 3rd generation prototype, Clinical testing

Ultrasound Guided IV Device

Purpose: Simple device to allow improved detection and technical technique for improved success of IV placement
Principal Investigator: Matt Hansen MD
Funding: OHSU Biomedical Innovation Award
Commercialization Stage: 1st generation prototype; Intellectual Property drafting

Koala Infant Feeding Positioner

Purpose: Novel new positioner to improve optimal positioning of infants during feeding to decrease reflux and colic
Principal Investigators: Jessica Grant SLP and David Sheridan MD
Funding: OHSU Biomedical Innovation Award
Commercialization Stage: 1st generation prototype in development

Otic Foreign Body Removal Device

Purpose: Device for improved visualization and removal of otic foreign bodies to decrease need for sedation, subspecialty consultation and operating room use
Principal Investigators: David Sheridan MD and Richard Weitzel PhD
Funding: None to date
Commercialization Stage: 1st generation prototype

Pediatric Procedural Assistance Device

Purpose: A universal device for distracting the attention of pediatric patients to support successful procedures while decreasing trauma to the patient and families
Principal Investigator: Jessica Bailey MD and Sean Kohles PhD
Funding: None to date
Commercialization Stage: 1st generation prototype in development

Intraluminal Wireless Monitoring Device

Purpose: Implantable sensor within stents to allow noninvasive and remote detection of flow characteristics
Principal Investigators: Younes Jahangiri Noudeh MD, Daniel Mullee (medical student), Khashayar Farsad MD, Richard Weitzel PhD, Sean Kohles PhD
Funding: None to date
Commercialization Stage: 1st generation prototype in development

OHSU LIFE: A discharge safety planning/wellness app for adolescent suicidality

Purpose: This mobile application incorporates hospital discharge safety planning, wellness reminders and just in time therapies to assist with coping strategies and safety. Through innovative programming, adolescents can personalize the application to improve outpatient compliance and improve access to care in times of stress.
Principal Investigators: Steven McGaughey MD, Rebecca Marshall MD, Groove App Development Inc, David Sheridan MD
Funding: OHSU innovation award, OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine, OHSU Department of Pediatrics
Commercialization Stage: Beta App Version: Iterative application development