Bringing doctors and patients closer together through innovative digital solutions
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
As the Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle
Children’s Hospital, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
leverages the wisdom of clinicians, patients and
researchers to transform healthcare delivery in the
digital age. She uses traditional and new media to
translate, narrow, and broadcast information for
parents and pediatricians. As the first pediatrician
to blog exclusively for a leading children’s hospital,
she works diligently to offer patients and
parents relevant, practical, and timely health
information in accessible online formats.
Dr. Swanson founded Digital Health at Seattle
Children’s in 2013, leading a team in innovation by
testing and creating new digital tools to leverage
the wisdom of patients, families and providers.
Virtual HandshakeTM provides patient families
information about the doctors and care team
they’ll meet during visits, as well as education and
tips to help before, during and after their appointment or hospital stay. Her team
creates digital peer-to-peer education blended with physician, pharmacist and
surgeon education in the kidney and liver transplant spaces. She is currently leading
the build of two apps in partnership with pediatric researchers and clinicians. PRISM
helps patients find and utilize the internal resources of managing stress, mindfulness
and resiliency. The curriculum was developed at Seattle Children’s, and our hope is
that the app will not only replicate the core interactions of the current paper tool but
enable us to deliver a self-guided experience to a broad set of patients at any time.
P.O.P Care (post-operative care) is an app that provides tonsillectomy patients a
mobile tool to track and record pain medication, giving reminders and education as
to what to expect post-surgery. Ultimately, through pain management education and
tracking, we want to keep our patients safe from overuse of opioids and measure the
typical post-operative pain patterns while quantifying how much pain medication is needed.
Healthcare professionals across the board are looking to Dr. Swanson as a model
for how to embrace and mold the future of healthcare delivery and hone engagement.
More than ever, patients do their own research online and come to their physicians
already equipped with information from outside the clinic or hospital walls. Healthcare
systems and insurance companies recognize that patients expect frequent and
accessible communication, and when done right, this communication can improve
patient care, build trust and reduce redundancy. Dr. Swanson believes innovation
must embody “duel-centricity”: novel solutions must be patient-centered but also
clinician-centered to create long-lasting change. Striking a balance here is key for
successful innovation. Instead of building technology and digital solutions on the
outside, Dr. Swanson and her team have the unique opportunity to build in arm’s
reach of patients, families, physicians and researchers. They welcome opportunities
to work with industry partners in the digital healthcare space.
ilies, physicians, and researchers. They would welcome opportunities to work with industry partners in the digital healthcare space.
Stage of Development
- Collaborative development opportunity
- Consultation agreement
- Boyd RW, Swanson WS. The Evolution of Virtual Violence: How Mobile Screens Provide Windows to Real Violence. Pediatrics. 2016; 138 (2).
- C. Garnick. Seattle Children’s develops digital ways to help with patient care. Puget Sound Business Journal, May 10, 2016.
To learn more about partnering with Seattle Children’s Research Institute on this or other projects, please contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Aylward, Director
Office of Science-Industry Partnerships
Seattle Children's Research Institute
818 Stewart St, Suite 603, M/S 818-S
Seattle, WA 98101