What is UAB Solution StudiosTM?

UAB Solution Studios™ aims to accelerate the translation of clinical innovation to the benefit of multiple patient populations. This goal is accomplished by bringing clinicians and STEM students into UAB Solution Studios™, a digital workspace where teams are formed to collaborate and develop solutions to unsolved clinical problems.

UAB Solution Studios™ is a partnership among the Honors College, School of Nursing, School of Engineering, UAB Hospital, Center for Interprofessional Education & Simulation, Children’s Hospital, and with support from the Office of the President and the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

How it Works

A UAB clinician identifies a patient-centered problem and posts it to the UAB Solution Studios™ website. Students and clinicians meet in the digital space, form teams around clinical problems, and work toward solutions through the design thinking process. The output from this process includes product ideas, assessment of feasibility of ideas, prototyping, testing and application for funding for further development and ultimately commercialization.

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    A UAB Clinician Identifies a Patient-Centered Problem.

    A UAB clinician identifies a patient-centered problem and posts it to the UAB Solution Studios™ website.

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    Collaboration Begins

    UAB student innovators select a problem they would like to work on, and meet with clinician to discuss the problem and identify areas for improvement.

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    Develop Solutions

    With help from health care professionals, their clinical partner and mentors, the student innovators develop solutions to the problem.

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    Idea is Born

    The team creates a prototype, then tests and refines it. UAB Solutions Studios™ helps to create a path toward commercialization.

Strategic Priorities and Goals

Design Thinking for Healthcare

Build a culture of empathy and innovation among students and clinicians by teaching design thinking for healthcare.

Aligned to UAB's Pillar: Education - Objective 4

Transformation of Heathcare

Identify clinical problems that, if solved, could transform healthcare.

Aligned to UAB's Pillar: Research, Innovation & Economic Development - Objective 2

Interprofessional Teams

Form interprofessional teams of students and clinical partners to solve clinical problems.

Aligned to UAB's Pillar: Education - Objective 5

Innovation

Provide support for clinical device and process solutions for translation into practice.

Aligned to UAB's Pillar: Research, Innovation & Economic Development - Objective 4

Self-Sustainable

Leverage resources to become a self-sustainable program of innovation.