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The Nursing School is enhancing its efforts to translate and commercialize nurses’ knowledge of the marketplace and experiences into new technologies.

Another recent innovation coming out of the nursing school is a prototype smartphone app based on research co-performed by UMN School of Nursing assistant professor Anne Chevalier McKechnie. Called Preparing Heart and Mind, the app is a digital health education tool aimed at expectant parents whose unborn children have been diagnosed with congenital heart defects (CHD).

... The seed money for its development came from a $50,000 grant from the MN-REACH program, a cooperative effort between the National Institutes of Health and the U’s Office for Technology Commercialization. MN-REACH is one of three “research evaluation and commercialization hubs” established by the federal agency around the country, whose missions are to distribute grants of up to $150,000 for health care technologies that both address unmet medical needs and are within “a few actionable steps” of commercialization.

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