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6 AUG // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET


Tech Talks Present: Innovative Health Technology Adoption in Hospitals: How to Engineer Change Within Your own Institution

With guest speaker, David Putrino, PT, PhD


Despite the potential for health technology to be transformative to the field of rehabilitation medicine, adoption of novel technologies remains slow and rarely successful. There are many reasons for the poor adoption of novel technologies, and innovators at academic medical institutions will often experience pushback from many different directions.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide investigators and clinicians with an interest in novel technology development with a framework for how to make it happen in their own institution.

We will discuss common barriers to innovation and pragmatic solutions for circumventing these issues. We will walk through concrete case studies of previous projects that have been run out of the Abilities Research Center at Mount Sinai so that attendees can see a step-by-step framework for producing health technology innovation at an academic medical center.

If you’re interested in exploring the intersection of health technology and clinical research and/or clinical care, but have been experiencing difficulties in getting projects off the ground, then you will find this webinar informative and useful. The discussion will be applicable to all clinician groups – SCI, Geriatric, Pediatric, Stroke, Brain Injury. This presentation will be specialty agnostic, i.e., it will be broadly relevant to clinicians, entrepreneurs and researchers from all sub-specialties.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify some of the major barriers facing health technology adoption in a hospital setting
  2. Understand a basic introduction to methods that can assist in circumventing common barriers to implementing change
  3. Describe principles for evaluating novel technologies that may be of interest to your department and institution


David is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mount Sinai Health System, and an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai. He develops innovative solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He works with the Red Bull High Performance, the Brooklyn Nets and the US Olympic team to use evidence-based technologies to improve athletic performance. He is the author of Hacking Health: How to make money and save lives in the HealthTech world. In 2019, he was named “Global Australian of the Year” for his contributions to healthcare.