B. Braun Medical Inc., a provider in infusion therapy and pain management, announced a collaboration agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a leading research hospital, to jointly develop innovative solutions to help frontline healthcare workers improve patient care and reduce workplace stresses and challenges.

The collaboration will focus on bringing to life nursing ideas and business models to deliver patient care more efficiently and productively, while also enhancing the work life and well-being of care teams during healthcare challenges.

“After more than two years of fighting the pandemic and dealing with labor shortages and supply chain disruptions, our frontline healthcare staff are facing physical and emotional fatigue that must be addressed from many different angles,” says Hiyam Nadel, MBA, CCG RN, director of the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery at MGH. “We believe some of the best ideas will come from the frontline workers themselves who are most familiar with the challenges of delivering quality care under extraordinary circumstances. Our goal is to identify the most promising solutions, leverage the latest technologies to develop testable prototypes, and secure the resources needed to bring them to reality.”

The teams that will form under the collaboration will consist of interdisciplinary colleagues from B. Braun and MGH. The teams aim to rapidly push the boundaries of technology in healthcare to address challenges, especially in addressing digital documentation fatigue. 

“From research and practical experience in the field, we know that nurses have more direct interaction with patients than any other healthcare professional, giving them the best perspective on what is and isn’t working,” says Mike Golebiowski, corporate vice president, Healthcare Strategy and Innovation at B. Braun. “This is especially true coming out of the pandemic, when nurses and other frontline workers were forced to innovate on the run. B. Braun’s goal in working with MGH is to tap into that innovative mindset, and drive the adoption of solutions to improve patient health while easing the burden on those who deliver the care.”

B. Braun and MGH plan to publish the various findings that come out of this collaborative, with the hope of pursuing commercialization of technologies that have the strongest potential for adoption by other healthcare systems to address challenges.