Thomas Thornton

Northwell innovators think outside the box, and in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bioelectronics and “smart” tech won the day in the Northwell Health 2017 Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which invited the New Hyde Park-based health system’s 63,000-plus employees to submit groundbreaking healthcare ideas for a shot at project-development funding, eventually came down to two champions at Northwell Health’s Made For Big Ideas Showcase in October – a bioelectronic device designed to reduce premature births and a “smart” laboratory container that knows when a…


For amputees, a chance to get back in the swim

By GREGORY ZELLER // A retired U.S. Marine from Pennsylvania who lost part of his leg in the war on terror is diving back into his favorite athletic activities, thanks to next-level science created on Long Island. Dan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2004 – his vehicle hit an IED – but his grievous injuries required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. It was, obviously, a life-changing event…


New partnership to bring telehealth home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A large-scale investment by Northwell Ventures will put a futuristic spin on the old-fashioned house call. The Northwell Health system on Wednesday announced a new partnership with Virginia-based telehealth solutions provider Avizia Inc. aimed at “expanding the depth and reach of Northwell’s telehealth services, helping to effectively and efficiently provide patients with the right care at the right time and place,” Northwell said in a statement – and yes, that includes…