As part of its mission, TISH does projects that bring commercial and clinical partners together more easily in cost effective ways to address issues that require input from multiple stakeholders. From these projects, TISH will further enrich its methods and tools. Some projects will provide artifacts to the greater market, while some projects will restrict IP, according to the project charter. TISH is available for projects throughout the Texas healthcare community, as well as partnerships with organizations outside Texas.

Projects include:

The Connected Patient

Wireless solutions, sophisticated sensors, and electronic medical records for both physicians and patients are bringing sophisticated, safe, and low cost care to patients outside of traditional hospital settings. The hospitals of the future will increasingly be virtual, with health services delivered by care teams through many channels. The connected patient project allows patient data from sensors and personal healther records (PHRs) to flow between care team members in hospitals, patient homes, and physician offices. It also identifies risks and coordinates care plans across hospitals and provider offices.

Reducing Childhood Obesity

Obesity in the United States has become an epidemic. Tish is working with families, educators and professionals to use innovatie mobile gaming technology to provide the interactive platform that allows children to understand nutrition and plan meals that help them control calories, fat, sugar, and other substances in order to build healthy meals. The focus is not on calorie counting, but rather on patterns of healthy eating based on matching food intake to activity, portion control, and better choices. The interaction can be further enriched by mobile scanning technology in the grocery store, real-time messaging to moms and dads, and personalized shopping lists generated by the child's trip through the grocery store.

Factors influencing adoption of Personal Health Records (PHRs)

Personal health records, although available to many from their health plans, local hospitals, and other sponsers have been poorly adopted by the population. A better understanding of both patients and care providers' aspirations and expectations for PHRs is critical if we are to realize the promise of electronic health records. PHRs can be an essential tool for achieving better health outcomes across communities. This project will explore the use and/or failure of use of the PHR from the perspective of the patient, family, and provider in order to discover the factors which generate greater involvement for each stakeholder.