Two MedSun Sites Named by Institute for Pediatric Innovation to Consortium of Leading Children’s Hospitals
MedSun: Newsletter #16, July 2007

Nonprofit Organization Devoted to Developing “Products Optimized for Children’s Health Care”

Two MedSun sites have been named members of a consortium of leading children’s hospitals by the Institute for Pediatric Innovation (IPI), a recently formed nonprofit organization that focuses on improving health care for children by developing medical products specifically designed for pediatric patients.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, are two of the three founding members of the Consortium. The Consortium hospitals will collaborate with IPI, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in identifying priorities in clinical care and work to redesign medical devices and reformulate drugs for children.

Designing pediatric medical devices has long been recognized as a challenge. Although some products are tailored to meet the needs of children, others are adapted from adult applications. “Because children make up such a small percentage of the total population needing medical care, their needs are often overlooked in any national health care discussion. This new consortium will bring together world-class pediatric specialists, pediatric nurses, and allied health professionals who are national leaders in their fields to help ensure that children’s needs remain in the spotlight and receive the attention they deserve,” according to Randall L. O’Donnell, Ph.D., president and
CEO of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, whose comments were issued for IPI’s launch in
June.

Additional Information:

To learn more about IPI, go to its Web site at
http://www.pediatricinnovation.org/


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