MedStar Inventor Services


Welcome to MedStar Inventor Services

We work hand-in-hand with MedStar associates to transform your innovative ideas and discoveries into commercial products and services that advance health and improve the patient and family experience.

You have lots of good ideas but that’s only one part of developing a product. MedStar Inventor Services will help you determine if your idea does not already exist, bring in experts to evaluate the clinical need, assess the market for the product, get it through the burdensome patent process, negotiate the terms of the license, and monitor the agreement to make sure the licensee delivers. All this at no cost to you AND if your product makes it to market you get 50% of revenue after expenses are recouped.

You can email your idea here or, if your idea is further developed, submit the Invention Disclosure Form below.

Is your idea something you’re using at work that could be transferred or taught to other MedStar associates? Visit our MInnovations website to submit your idea or browse the MInnovations gallery. Visit our MInnovations website

So let’s get started!

Is Your Idea an Invention?

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Here’s how the INVENT℠ process works and how MedStar supports you

The first step is to think about your idea as a product. 

  • What problem does it solve?
  • Who would use it?
  • Who would buy it?
  • How much would it cost?
  • What is the value proposition (cost/time savings, better treatment outcomes, increased income), etc.?

This video and questionnaire will help you think about things to consider in formulating and refining your idea into an invention.  Give it a descriptive title (i.e. "Rotary Cuff Tear Rehabilitation Device" not "Stephen's Wonder Gizmo") and do a web search on that title.  What did you find?


Try to describe your idea in as much detail as possible.  Be creative. Draw pictures (you don't have to be an artist), use others' pictures to illustrate features of your idea.  You have two choices of submitting your idea:

Unfortunately a good idea alone does not make a great product.  In order for MedStar Inventor Services to commercialize your idea, we assess

  • Market size
  • Intellectual property space (patents, copyrights and trademarks)
  • Competitive product landscape.

Your idea needs to offer a significant competitive advantage to any company that might manufacture, market and sell our inventions.

MedStar Inventor Services works with Cleveland Clinic Innovations to commercialize MedStar Inventions.  Check out the box to the right and learn more about Cleveland Clinic Innovation and their INVENT (SM) Process.

Everyone can invent, it just starts with a good idea.


Brain FORCE mTBI Screening Tool


Alexander W. Dromerick, MD
Director of the Neuroscience Research Center and the Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

Learn how a concussion screening prototype became a combination light-weight plastic grip device & an iPad app. It is now being used to screen college athletes for concussion by MedStar Sports Medicine.

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Face-To-Face Rehabilitation App


Jodi Barth, PT
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

Learn how MedStar Inventor Services helped therapists take their facial palsy treatment from idea to prototype to the App Store.

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MedStar Health is a founding partner in the Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance with Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI), one of the premiere technology commercialization organizations in the world. CCI’s experience in bringing new products to the marketplace gives MedStar Inventor Services a critical edge. You can find a copy of the MedStar Intellectual Property policy here. To assist you in understanding it, we have created an IP Policy Guide. Read a past post about the launch of the alliance here.

Watch how Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI), the commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic, works with caregivers to transform their ideas into innovations. The video walks aspiring inventors through submitting an idea, and gives a brief overview of CCI's INVENT™ process.

Invent Diaphragm Assist Device

Medstar Inventor Services 2013

William Krimsky, MD, Director of The Center for Interventional Pulmonology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

See how MedStar Inventor Services took Dr. William Krimsky's idea for the Invent Diaphragm Assist Device to market.

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High Frequency Nasal Cannula

Morarji Peesay

Morarji Peesay, MD
Neonatologist, Associate Professor And Faculty Member Of Division Of Neonatal Prenatal Medicine At The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital In Washington, DC

In partnership with MedStar Inventor Services, he created an inventive prototype called HIFI-NC (High Frequency Nasal Cannula).

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MedStar Innovatively Prepares its Surgeons for Thyroidectomy

Erin Felger

Erin Felger, MD
Endocrine Surgery and Thyroid Cancer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Dr. Felger and researchers at Simskin LLC jointly developed the Thyroid Surgical Trainer, a detailed training model to simulate multiple thyroid procedures.

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The Influence Center, founded May 1, 2015, is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation at MedStar Health. Influence is a primary function in health care and is a learnable skill that involves applying proven principles and techniques to generate positive behavior, create stronger relationships, improve communication, and produce feelings of satisfaction and engagement. It transcends everything we do, from clinical care to performance transformation to professional leadership, to research and education.

The Influence Center impacts other health-related areas including:

  • Patient engagement
  • Risk Management
  • Philanthropy
  • Government Affairs
  • Quality & Safety
  • Patient Adherence
  • Staff Satisfaction
  • Learning and Education

Influence is a universal skill that remains evergreen and can be applied across healthcare applications, ranging from patient experience to copywriting. The Center offers the following services to MedStar Health and to external clients:

Any communication can be completely transformed by an Influence Consultation. Your email, presentation, flyer, job posting, and more will become more powerful, effective, and memorable. Influence Consults utilizes scientific principles adapted from Dr. Robert Cialdini, Influence author, professor, and expert. For insight into Cialdini's 6 Scientific Principles of Influence, watch this video:

The Center for Health Influence & Engagement offers presentations, inservices, and workshops to MedStar Health as well as outside clients. Each presentation, etc. is tailored to the specific needs of the  audience.

The Impact & Influence Course is an exclusive benefit to MedStar Health associates. Absolutely everything you do in healthcare can be optimized with influence, which is why MedStar Health doctors, nurses, and more have access to this course. Learn more here.

Coming soon!

To explore research opportunities with the MI2 Center for Health Influence & Engagement, please contact us here.

Coming soon!

Simfluence™ - Influence in Simulation Training at MedStar SiTEL - Stay tuned!


The MI2 Impact & Influence Course is divided into a series of modules, each with a deeper dive into content areas related to influence. Each module has a series of videos that are easily digestible (5-10 minutes) and actionable (action items you can use immediately) chunks. The Influence Principles featured in this course include Instant Rapport, nonverbal communication and body language, and how to influence groups. The MI2 Impact & Influence Course helps you:

  • Effortlessly improve your relationships
  • Optimize your time with patients
  • Work smarter and quicker, leaving time to do things you enjoy
  • Improve employee morale and patient experience
  • Practice these techniques at home to improve your personal life as well

To begin, please email us here.


Innovators at MedStar Health

Innovation is everywhere at MedStar Health. Here are just a few examples of our innovators.

Please nominate other MedStar Health associates to be highlighted by emailing [email protected]

Meet our Innovators

Human Factors

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Have a question? Ask our human factors experts a question.

EHR User-Centered Design Framework

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Center for Human Factors Annual Report

Learn more about our mission, services and accomplishments.


Our research team focuses on leveraging theory to conduct applied research that addresses critical safety problems in healthcare. With unparalleled access to a 10-hospital healthcare system, a diverse range of clinical expertise, and expertise in human factors, applied cognition, and safety engineering we are the nation's innovative leader in human factors and healthcare research.


We provide customized usability consultations and testing throughout the product development process. Through MedStar Health, our usability experts have direct access to healthcare domain specialists and end users in a wide array of clinical settings and use environments.




Whether you are a healthcare organization looking for an objective hazard analysis, a medical device manufacturer in need of an FDA 510(k) human factors evaluation, or a professional organization simply looking for a human factors consult, our team has the expertise to assist.


Are you interested in learning more about human factors within your daily life or applied to your healthcare environment? We offer education opportunities for clinicians, medical students and trainees interested in human factors as well as human factors experts interested in healthcare.


About MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab


MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) designs and delivers online education, experiential learning and performance support tools for all roles across the MedStar Health system.

Our core areas of expertise:

Clinical Simulation Services operates simulation centers in Washington and Baltimore and a mobile simulation lab. We also provide in situ simulation services throughout the system, and operate a large American Health Association certification program in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardio Life Support and Basic Life Support training.

Learning Research & Design creates original learning content using a blend of video production, graphic arts and animation, serious game development and instructional design.

Learning Technologies develops and maintains systems and tools that power learning at MedStar.

Clinical Education is composed of clinical educators who contribute domain expertise to MedStar SiTEL education content.

Outreach Services connects faculty, nurse educators, administrators and other key educational stakeholders to MedStar SiTEL resources.

Continuing Professional Education develops and certifies credentialed education opportunities that are designed by and for the healthcare team.

MedStar SiTEL is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), whose mission is to catalyze and create innovation that advances healthcare. We work closely with our academic partners, including the MedStar Health Research Institute, the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, the Georgetown University School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the MedStar Health Office of Graduate Medical Education.

MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab Advisory Committee

We partner with distinguished colleagues and industry leaders to promote simulation-based training and provide safer environments for patients at MedStar Health hospitals. These include:


Jack Sava, MD, FACS
Director of Trauma
Associate Program Director of General Surgery
Jeffrey Dubin, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
Tamika Auguste, MD
Director of OB/GYN Simulation
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Burton Lee, MD, FCCP
Fellowship Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Sangeeta Wood, MD
Director of the Simulation Program
MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab
Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery


MedStar SiTEL is accredited by a number of organizations. Read more here.



Changing lives, one learner at a time


Create and deliver educational solutions that impact patient care

Featured Project

Read about SiTEL’s work with EvidenceCare to provide point-of-care decision support for urgent care providers.