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Innovation Within the Hospital

Panelists say hospitals are the place for new ideas to flourish

Panelists who were part of the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow forum discussed healthcare innovation and often commented that they were working on innovation from within the hospital.

As reported by U.S. News, some hospitals are innovating from the inside out to improve patient care and engagement. Those innovations range from incorporating more patient data fluidly into their electronic medical record to provide doctors with a more complete picture to helping clinicians sort through voluminous data to better deliver care to patients. 

"We work with internal innovators," said Dr. Michael Blum, chief medical information officer and director for the Center for Digital Health Innovation at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. That includes helping doctors who are "drowning in data" sift through patient information to provide the best possible care.

Blum and others on the panel say it's not just about trying something new, but validating in-house innovations through careful clinical use, as well as taking a hard look at outside innovations, such as devices to monitor everything from high blood pressure to heart problems, to make sure they work before implementing them more widely at hospitals.

In addition to innovating in-house, John Brownstein, Boston Children’s Hospital’s chief innovation officer said the hospital partners with other organizations, from small startups to larger entities. One goal: to use digital data to improve treatment throughout the care continuum. That extends from preventive care to looking after sick patients admitted to the hospital.

Much of the focus entailed the increasing digitization of patient information and a push to get the industry to connect the dots with that patient data to ultimately better inform clinicians and enhance care using electronic medical records.

Source: U.S. News, October 19, 2015.

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