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The Innovation Imperative
Benefits of innovation are clear, but organizational complexity, inertia, and time and resource constraints slow adoption.
Health care leaders and policymakers are seeking ways to spread innovation more rapidly.
– Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation partners with providers, federal agencies, professional societies and others to test ways for speeding dissemination and adoption of best practices
Kaiser Permanente has a robust innovation infrastructure that enables physicians and frontline staff to bring new ideas to light.
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Innovation Infrastructure at Kaiser Permanente
Sidney R. Garfield Health Care Innovation Centre: Centre allows innovators and “customers” to participate in simulations, technology testing, prototypes and product evaluations. https://xnet.kp.org/innovationcenter/index.html– Has hosted 55,000 visitors from 53 countries in the past seven years
Innovation Consultancy: national team works with frontline providers and managers to discover, design and implement ways to improve the patient experience and work experience of our caregivers– Projects have touched over 50,000 clinicians and 2 million members
Innovation and Advanced Technology Group: team of technology experts, nurses, physicians who research, assess and prototype emerging technologies– Innovation Fund for Technology provides funding to pilot test ideas. Since 2008, 760
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Innovation on the Ground: InTouch® Robot
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Medical Center in Fremont piloted the InTouch Health® RP-VITA® robot, which allows doctors to see and talk with patients, families, and staff in the intensive care unit (ICU) in the middle of the night.– Pilot was a success: fewer night emergencies, better relationships between nurses and
doctors, enhanced ability of nurses to detect issues early
Lack of systematic review of the technology hindered widespread adoption
Champions on the ground were crucial players in spreading adoption:– Jenny Cunha, a regional innovation advisor, blogged internally about the pilot’s results and
networked with physicians and executes across Kaiser Permanente– Danielle Cass, an innovation champion, developed “imaginariums,” allowing hundreds of
leaders and staff test the technology for themselves: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf11uqhhpBo– Technology is now being used to improve care for stroke patients in Oregon, and will be tested
in a neonatal unit in Southern California
Three Ideas to Get Past Innovation Roadblocks
Examine how an idea directly improves care delivery and whether it is really ready to go. Even if the benefits are clear, it can take months to build the organizational capabilities and support to get an idea off the ground.
Make sure people on the front lines have the bandwidth and tools to implement an idea. Sometimes what appears to be resistance is really a lack of time to plan and carry it out. Ease the logistical burden by creating a “change management packet,” with videos of new innovations and concept sheets with data and lessons learned.
Encourage innovators to share their best practices and generate enthusiasm through blogging, email updates, and demonstrations.
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For more information contact Athan Bezaitis at [email protected].
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