Melissa Burke

Director, Business Development, SIMPeds

Director, SIMPeds Strategy and Business DevelopmentMelissa brings over 25 years of operations, start up and tech transfer experience to drive SIMPeds as a high efficiency organization. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a Master of Science degree from MIT following which she worked for Westinghouse Naval Nuclear Program performing research applied to nuclear power, air craft carriers, and submarines. A self-described start up “utility player”, Melissa has worked at multiple high-tech start up companies, helping them successfully operationalize and establish optimal product-market fit including WebCT, Sermo and Affectiva.Working closely with SIMPeds Tech, Engineering and Admin management, Melissa leads Strategy & Business Development by applying lean start-up methodologies to continuously advance SIMPeds customer focus and operational excellence. She helps guide funding efforts, business model generation and customer-discovery to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of educational and other innovations born from SIMPeds.

Session Track: Life Sciences

Wednesday, June 12 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 109AB

LS110B - AR for Training in Healthcare

Augmented Reality (AR) has the potential to transform the way healthcare organizations train staff and engage patients and their families in clinical settings. In this session, we will look at how AR- based training can be helpful in clinical settings, drawing on lessons learned in other industries. We will describe the medical procedures and processes most in need of improved training, identify the priorities hospitals care about, and provide practical guidance on how to work with medical professionals. Throughout, we will use examples from our work at Boston Children's Hospital. Finally, we will outline opportunities for collaboration with authors of AR-based training software and other AR innovators.

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