Carey student named Product Developer of the Year

Jeffrey Morelli was honored by the American Business Awards for his start-up that is playing a key role in COVID-19 contact tracing efforts

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School student Jeffrey Morelli has received a 2020 "Gold Stevie" Award from the American Business Awards in the category of Product Developer of the Year for his work as vice president of technology delivery for Inspiren, a company that is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic response in New York City.

Morelli is a Flex MBA student with a concentration in Health Care Management. He will graduate in 2021. The three-year-old company, nicknamed iN, is a nurse-led technology company dedicated to helping hospitals and elderly care facilities reduce adverse events, ensure staff safety and satisfaction, and improve infection control.

Over the past few months, iN has been deployed at the epicenter of the pandemic, working with a major New York City hospital to provide its staff with critical contact tracing data through advanced analytics, as part of Inspiren's infectious disease capabilities.

Jeffrey Morelli

Image caption: Jeffrey Morelli

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"We remain steadfast in partnering with front-line staff to fight COVID-19 with our innovative product capabilities," said Morelli. "The goal is to change health care and ultimately save lives."

Morelli's award illustrates his product vision to revolutionize patient care by empowering providers with clinical insight based on a patient's physical health care environment. To that end, iN has helped the same hospital achieve statistically significant results in improving bedside care and reducing patient falls.

More than 230 professionals worldwide participated in a three-month-long judging process to select this year's Stevie Award winners. "Remarkable leadership [was] shown by Jeffrey Morelli for leading the product development of indeed a game changer in medicine," the judges commented. All award winners will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Earning a graduate degree from an esteemed university was a long-term ambition Morelli held. Doing extensive research on schools across the country left him "well-versed," he said, to make his choice. He said he was drawn to Hopkins and to Carey because the Business School's passion for health care matched his own. The school's core value of "unwavering humanity empowers education, giving students tools to succeed, not just as employees but as individuals," he said. He was also drawn to Hopkins' international renown in the health care field and its rigorous academic standards.

Because Morelli launched Inspiren shortly before starting his studies at Carey, he was able to apply his newfound skills and knowledge to his fledgling company straight away. In particular, his business communications and leading organizations classes, both of which include residences, were impactful. The marketing skills he honed through those and other courses directly helped in the communications, messaging, and launching of his new company in the industry.

"It has truly been an honor to be recognized on behalf of the Inspiren team for this prestigious award that would not be possible without the collective efforts of clinicians, engineers, and product designers working together," Morelli said.

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