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Now what? Innovation the CCI way

March 31st, 2017 / Ray Pedden

I have often commented over the past four years that innovation is the safety net is a necessary every day activity. Every person is going 1000 miles per hour with their hair on fire meeting the needs of our growing patient population. Most often these patients are presenting with complex problems that require us to do a tremendous amount of work in a fifteen minute visit. The result is that we have to provide the best care that we can faster, better and more efficiently.

Developments in our beloved Washington D.C. since November have added to the pressure on us to perform. I don’t expect it to get any better in the near future.

So how are we stepping up our game?

Laura Blumenthal has authored a pictographic description of what the Innovation Hubs are up to. I think that she has captured the essence of how we are organizing to inspire, evaluate, test and spread great new ways of caring for our patients. What do you think?

In addition to continuing the 50 +/- projects underway, CCI has launched iHub in an effort to improve the ability to test and evaluate new technologies that are focused on delivering better care.

iHub is designed to:

(1) scale the current testing environment so that safety net providers can easily test new solutions, without having to pay for a costly and time consuming IT integration up front,

(2) enable a faster transition from testing to a live use of an interoperable solution since most work required for connectivity would be completed in advance, and

(3) facilitate cost- and time-efficient scaling of effective innovations through the safety net delivery system.

In keeping with the pictographic approach – Here is what it looks like today:

Here is what it looks like with iHub:

If you have made it this far, I would appreciate your feedback and reaction to how we are approaching and facilitating innovation. Please drop me a quick note to let me know your point of view: ray@careinnovations.org.