Brigham and Women’s Hospital resident Dr. Omar Badri and Boston University Medical School student Kevin Wong are winners of 2017 Information Technology Awards

Boston, Mass. – March 21st – Brigham and Women’s Hospital resident Omar Badri, M.D. and Boston University School of Medicine student Kevin Wong are this year’s winners of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Information Technology Awards. 

The awards recognize the development of an information technology tool that helps physicians practice medicine, teach medicine, or pursue clinical research. Two awards of $3,000 each are presented annually by the Massachusetts Medical Society, one to a medical student and one to a resident or fellow.  This year’s winners and their projects:

Dr_BadriOmar Badri, M.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Badri developed an automated patient support and monitoring tool that delivers precisely timed text-message and/or email-based video or print reminders to patients for a variety of purposes, such as preparations for a procedure or discharge.  The program delivers check-in questions related to patient progress and can flag those patients at-risk of non-compliance for appropriate outreach.  It can be customized for any practice or institution, and the software removes technical barriers, as it does not require an app download or EHR integration.

Dr.  Badri is a fourth-year resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and in dermatology at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training program. He completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Arizona State University and graduated with an M.D. from Harvard University where he was awarded the Thayer Award for outstanding academic achievement.

While at Harvard, he co-managed a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to improve health policy education at medical schools across the country. His passion is to improve patient experience through interactive web-based learning modalities by implementing technologies created at Medumo, a technology company he co-founded, which won the Massachusetts Health Challenge. During his time in residency, Dr. Badri has won two Brigham and Women’s Hospital i-Hub innovation challenges, a Martin Solomon Primary Care Innovation Scholarship, and a Brigham Care Redesign Incubator and Startup Program grant to implement decision support at the point of order.

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Kevin Wong, Boston University School of Medicine
Mr. Wong’s program centers on augmented reality (AR), combining real-world environments with computer-generated sounds, text, and graphics.  While current applications focus on consumer products and video games, such navigation systems have potential for use in medical education. 

Using game developer software, Mr. Wong programmed 3D anatomic models into a “game environment,” which was then projected into augmented reality. Both computer-generated anatomic models and real patient anatomy derived from computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be displayed in this manner.  The results of Mr. Wong’s work demonstrate that 3D anatomic models can be successfully programmed onto smartphone-based augmented reality and that augmented reality has potential for use in medical education. Future applications for this technology include diagnosis, surgical planning, and procedural simulations.

Mr. Wong was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y.  His career choice in otolaryngology stems from his interest in hearing implants. As a hobby, Mr. Wong explores augmented reality and saw its potential for use in medical education while dissecting anatomy. He realized AR could allow students to visualize human structures beyond the limited views of traditional pictures. Beyond AR, Mr. Wong also has a passion for research and has published over a dozen peer-reviewed papers. He also coordinates the Mass. Eye and Ear auditory brainstem implant FDA trials.

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