ArchivesAuthor: lcolucci

06Jul

The first month of being an #EngineerOnTheWards has involved learning to stay afloat in the hospital. They’ve taught us how to talk the talk (i.e. take patient histories) and walk the walk (i.e. perform physical exams). I’ve learned to position my stethoscope to locate a heart murmur, how to percuss the lungs for consolidations, how […]Continue Reading

28May

Hi my name is Lina, I am an engineer, and I am spending 3 months in the hospital learning to take care of patients. The HST Program is a one-of-a-kind experience to learn from some of the best technical minds at MIT as well as some of the most famous clinicians in the world at […]Continue Reading

12Apr

I was absolutely thrilled to get an invitation from Bob Graboyes at the Mercatus Center to be on a panel on healthcare innovation at the NABE Economic Policy Conference. Here is a recap of the panel.   Policies to Promote Health Care Innovation March 8, 2106 at 1:30-2:30p Lina A. Colucci, Former Co-Director of MIT Hacking Medicine, MIT/Harvard […]Continue Reading

22Mar

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) organized an incredible trip for 20 students from around the US to travel to Silicon Valley and experience the entrepreneurial ecosystem out there. We heard from inspiring people at Twitter, Medium, Twist Biosystems, Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, and more. Here is Part 2 about my experiences on the #SVBtrek. You can find Part 1 […]Continue Reading

22Jan

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) organized an incredible trip for 20 students from around the US to travel to Silicon Valley and experience the entrepreneurial ecosystem out there. We heard from inspiring people at Twitter, Medium, Twist Biosystems, Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, and more. Here are my favorite insights from the four-day #SVBTrek.   Ashraf Hebela, Chief of Staff […]Continue Reading

22Feb

I was absolutely thrilled to get a call from Dr. Murali Doraiswamy at Duke wanting to learn more about health hackathons and inviting me to give a talk about them at my alma matter. Of course, I was immediately interested. Here are my slides and a recording of my talk (apologies for the poor audio).   Hacking […]Continue Reading

21Feb

They look like little grown ups.   The Ugandan children wear miniaturized versions of adult clothing, hold siblings in their arms, and stand proudly next to vegetable stands. I stare at them for hours as the van drives through Uganda, my forehead pressed against the window.   A little boy, about the height of two […]Continue Reading

07Dec

I am flying over the Atlantic Ocean, going back home to Boston from Brussels. Nearly everyone on the plane is sleeping but I am curled up with my laptop thinking back to TEDxBrussels and unable to stop smiling. Unfortunately, I was the only one who got to stand on the TEDx stage on Monday, but […]Continue Reading

14Sep

This is one of my favorite stories about medicine, wrong first assumptions, and love. I first heard it when Dr. David Bangsberg gave a guest lecture to my PhD class. I’ve been meaning to share this story for the past year but there were certain details that I forgot over time. I had a chance to fill in […]Continue Reading

06Sep

I visited the Kinoni Health Center in Uganda. Below is their in-patient building. We entered the various wards with patients laying on metal bed frames with dirty strips of foam. We stood in the middle of the room and were told about the health clinic as the patients stared back at us. I felt offensive. I […]Continue Reading