The photo of Mike Squires above (that's me) was taken from the Webcast of the Health Affairs briefing on the journal's February 2018 issue focused on the DIffusion of Innovation by healthcare providers. The briefing took place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
This blog grows out of my experiences working in the edges of healthcare innovation from the publishing side (in the start-up days of Medscape, a pioneering Web site for physicians and consumers to F-D-C Reports which reported on market intelligence for pharmaceutical and medical devices to deploying web versions of Elsevier newspapers for physicians) to the health IT front, BluePrint Healthcare IT, which supported implementation of HIEs and EHRs under the HITECH and moved to consulting and software that supported care coordination. Care Navigator is the care coordination platform being used by OneCare Vermont ACO, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital - UVM Health Network for Northern Adirondack Medical Homes, Kansas City CARE Health Clinic, and several MassHealth Community Partners.
But mostly, this blog is sparked by the three Innovation Summits matching early-stage health IT innovators with hospital CIOs and five Innovation Centers Summits bringing together 70+ provider-based innovation centers (from 25 to 33 at a time) centered around speed dating among participants to spark robust exchange of best practices among the latter and building partnerships among the former. Those Innovation Center Summits took place at two Kaiser Permanente Innovation Centers, Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design, the Innovation Institute started by Providence St. Joseph, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
In 2019 we'll explore what's happening in healthcare innovation, including healthcare and behavioral health innovation centers as well as payers' innovation centers, along with what they're doing and what they see ahead. We'll start by looking at recent articles and some foundational writings about the role of innovation in healthcare.
Please let me know about your innovation focus, including the direction of your innovation center if you have one, and what you'd like to learn about. Whether you're one of the leading centers or someone conceptualizing where you want to go, please let me know your comments and questions which I'll seek to answer. Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org