In healthcare, we try change culture through training, meetings and seminars on how to be safe. But we are convinced that at the sharp end of care, where the rubber meets the road, it’s actually relationships, not lectures or signs on the wall that influence people’s actions. Previous research in the social sciences has shown time and again how difficult it is to change human behavior; but it has also shown that if people are going to change their behavior, it’s because of the power of social influence…By utilizing technological advances in sociometric measurement and analysis to identify and target social influencers within a healthcare system, we will use their influence to improve safety.
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In the Co.Create section of Fast Company magazine recently, Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, writes about the science supporting story as the most powerful means of communicating in his article, Why Storytelling Is the Ultimate Weapon. He writes:
…Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. But over the last several decades psychology has begun a serious study of how story affects the human mind. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence…
The more absorbed the reader is in the story being told, the more likely he or she is to be changed by it, according to his research. We know that stories shape entire societal belief systems–and Gottschall uses the example of how we once believed the world was flat. Until Columbus discovered America, people lived in fear of falling off the end of the earth. How powerful is story? More
The #2 and #3 Health app on the iPhone are for those who track their activity– running, walking, biking, etc. The #2 slot is held by Nike+, and #3 by RunKeeper.
FitnessKeeper, Inc. is the company behind RunKeeper. They’re based in Boston, and were founded in 2008.
Today they claim 17 million RunKeeper users in more than 200 countries all over the world– and to date the app has only been in English. More
A team of MedStar Health physicians at the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) recently won an intense, government-sponsored competition to develop a computer-based application that employs multiple sources of healthcare data to help doctors deliver high-quality, low-cost care. The competition, Code-a-palooza, was part of Health Datapalooza IV, held June 3-4 in Washington, D.C., an annual event that brings together a broad coalition of policymakers, consumers and leading experts in government, industry and health care to showcase innovative applications of health data to improve quality and lower costs. More
The doctor is in… And it’s you.
Scary bugs are descending on your hospital. And depending on what you do, you will either wipe them out or make them stronger.
Fitness Tracking, along with Diet and Exercise, is a Top 3 category in Health & Fitness on smartphones and tablets in America today.
Losing weight is thought to be a two-sided coin, portion control and exercise, and a large percentage of those tracking daily fitness are battling obesity.
Philips, a 121-year old Dutch electronics company operating worldwide, has a small tracker called DirectLife, and the results have been compelling… More
Healthcare is not a machine to be oiled. It is not something that can be shaved, and tweaked, and optimized to a point of lean flawlessness.
Rather, healthcare is a complex-adaptive system. As such, it’s models for safety and efficiency cannot (indeed must not) rely on the “retrospectoscope” of hindsight. And it certainly, must not name-blame-shame-and-train when handling error or inefficiency. Resilience Engineering may well be the cutting edge of patient safety science. Here’s how you can participate… More
Have you ever pulled on a door when you should have pushed? How about hitting “Reply to All” when you meant to send it to only one person? Have you ever found yourself having to “think too much” when trying to complete a simple task?
Well, check out this video. It’s not your fault… More
Mobile Health, or mHealth as it’s commonly called, is helping transform healthcare, with three effects—
- Improving Outcomes
- Reducing Costs
- Extending Access.
There are, according to Research2Guidance, over 97,000 health or fitness apps More
Does the health of your friends’ friends’ friends have any relationship to your own? How about to your outlook on life? Your general happiness or grumpiness? Your approach to problems and opportunities?
In a world of evidence-based guidelines, reams of patient education material, penalties for readmissions, and board rooms full of red and green report cards, many of us quietly wonder… Are we missing something? Because… it just doesn’t feel right.
The patients are sicker. There’s fewer staff. Technology is outpacing your facility’s ability to adopt it. Data management systems are being revamped. The Emergency Department is over-capacity. And in the midst of all of this, you must be prepared for larger scale emergency. Such is the plight of ED Directors everywhere.
So, you want a re-design. You want an overhaul. Well, guess what? You’ve got one shot… a one-time opportunity to employ evidence-based physical design strategies. The Center For Health Design and MI2 hear you. More
Action is a necessary ingredient for innovation. And health innovations are notoriously difficult to fund – often relying heavily on the time-consuming process of obtaining grants or yielding some ownership through venture capital. Well, new opportunities are presenting themselves. Health innovations may be funded through crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and through progressive employers like MedStar Health.
It took consuming citrus fruits for the prevention of scurvy 264 years from discovery to widespread adoption. Today, the time from discovery to implementation is estimated at 17 or 18 years. How much can we close this gap? In this video from FutureMed, medical futurist Dr. Michael Gillam explores this answer and where he expects us to be in 2025.
Biomimicry comes from bio- and mimesis, literally “to imitate life”. Biomimicry is a structured look at how the natural world has solved problems or created opportunities and attempting to apply those strategies to design, engineering, invention, health and wellness, and more.
Often thought of as a “new” discipline, technically, it is actually quite ancient. Much of how we learn comes from mimicking. And indeed, many developments throughout medical history have come from mimicking nature – the natural world within ourselves and outside of our own species. More
We see them every day… Or do we? All around us, in every nook and cranny of healthcare, there are opportunities for improvement and opportunities for outright innovation.
It may not be a new device, gadget or widget, however. More likely, it will come in the form of a simple design element. And there’s no one better than you to bring it about. After all, you live it every day.
Can games help us prevent or cure disease? Improve patient compliance? Make a safer health environment? Or improve medical education?
Watch innovators from Twitter, FourSquare, MakerBot, ShopKick, Deviant Art, Adafruit Technologies, and more as they discuss innovation and its one essential ingredient, common to all innovation.
There is no change, no reform, no betterment, no genius, no artistry, no brilliance, and no innovation without… More
Most people believe that Thomas Alva Edison invented the electric light bulb. This isn’t true, but for all practical purposes, it might as well be. While working electric light bulbs had been demonstrated as early as 1800 in laboratory conditions, Edison was the first to develop an electric light bulb that could be manufactured and operated efficiently enough to be attractive for municipalities, businesses and, later, families. More
Healthcare has its own lexicon, its own jargon, and its own set of metaphors. This language we use, the words we choose, the manner in which we forge them into sentences, and the metaphors we use to sculpt ideas can all have a profound impact on innovation in the healthcare space… for better or for worse.
Watch this James Geary video from the TED talks: More
A diverse crowd filled the True Auditorium at Washington Hospital Center on June 14, 2011. Associates in scrubs, suits, lab coats, and street clothes, representing every part of the MedStar family voluntarily stayed late at work or came in on a day off to catch the inaugural MedStar Inventor Forum. The buzz in the room before the presentation began was energizing; clearly, despite the crowd’s differences, everyone shared a common interest — invention that advances health — and a common trait —the ability to think differently. More
Sometimes, in order to find the best solutions, we need to look no further than nature itself. Researchers from a variety of disciplines have tapped into this idea and are busy at work studying sharks.
Mimicking sharks seems only natural when you consider the marvel of their design. With a hydrodynamic shape, water moves smoothly over the More
(Washington, DC) August 1, 2011 — MedStar Health has announced the formation of the “National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare,” a unique scientific research center that applies safety science methods to healthcare.
The mission of the Center is to improve patient safety in today’s complex world of medicine, identify and test ways to better protect patients from harm, and help create an ultra-safe care environment at MedStar Health and beyond. More
When something has been around for decades and remains virtually unchanged, one of two things holds true…
(a) It is so well-designed, it is not in need of change, or
(b) It is in need of change and is therefore, ripe for innovation. More
To Better Is Human™… That is the mantra with which Dr. Fairbanks leads MedStar Health’s human factors engineering efforts. Some may find despair in disaster. But a strong urge within all of us seeks the opportunity in it. Watch this intriguing video on what we can learn from the BP oil disaster.
In this 30 minute video series from MI2′s Innovations In… Patient Safety Forum, Dr. Terry Fairbanks explores the similarities in the culture of BP prior to the oil disaster of 2010 and the “House of Medicine”. More
You have an idea… You might even think that it will be the greatest thing since sliced bread.
There’s a problem though. It’s success does not depend on the value of your idea, alone… It depends more on its distribution.
In short, it’s the spread, not the bread. More
Cleveland Clinic and MedStar Health Form Collaborative Innovation Alliance
Initiative to Enhance Technology Development and Commercialization
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, Cleveland, OH/Columbia, MD: Cleveland Clinic and MedStar Health have agreed to create an Innovation Alliance to benefit patients through collaborative innovation projects, research, clinical investigation, and commercialization application. More
Very few football fans under the age of 60 can tell you who Pete Gogolak is, but when he stepped onto the field wearing a Buffalo Bills jersey in the autumn of 1964, he irrevocably changed the face of the game. He took a fairly mundane part of the game, the field goal, applied some old world logic, and voila, the wheels were set in motion that changed the way field goals would be kicked from there on out. More
Faced with a common postoperative problem, preventing thromboemboli (blood clots) without using blood thinners, Dr. Lazar Greenfield had to look outside of healthcare for a solution. He considered filters, but the only filters used up until that time tended to create more problems than they solved. Flat screen filters would only add to venous obstruction and provide a nidus for more thrombus – creating a situation every bit as serious as the one it was intended to prevent.
So, where could Dr. Greenfield look to find a workable design for his intravenous filter? More
“Advancing Translational Research by Design” – The MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) Center for Building Sciences and the Center for Advanced Design and Research (CADRE) are pleased to sponsor “Advancing Translational Research by Design”. This expert panel intends to focus on the design features for clinical facilities (bed towers and outpatient units) that could potentially enhance the translational research process. More
The MedStar Institute for Innovation’s (MI2) own Ella Franklin was featured in a Hospital & Health Networks Magazine (H&HN) article that covered MI2′s Bridge to ER One emergency preparedness project. In addition to highlighting ER One’s unique facility design and innovative processes, More
Sometimes the path is obvious… it’s an easy choice. After all, everyone’s heading that way. Well, sometimes, what you seek lies not in the obvious choice. Sometimes, it’s in the periphery. Let’s take a trip back to the mid 1800′s to meet California’s first millionaire.
During the Gold Rush of 1849, Sam Brannan earned his fortune, but not by panning for it in the American River… More
Have you ever asked yourself why we do something a certain way? Most likely your answer will be, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Or maybe, “Because my parents always did it this way.” Perhaps you’ve said, “ If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”
There are a myriad of excuses why we’re seemingly satisfied with the so-called status quo. But they’re just that: excuses. It takes a truly innovative person to go against the flow and create a new way, a better way, of doing things. More
These days, there is hardly a household, business, or even computer screen that isn’t covered in some variation of those popular little yellow adhesive notes. How many households and businesses today would be shocked to know that the all-purpose Post-It® Note almost didn’t happen?
When Dr. Spencer Silver of the 3M Company accidentally discovered a new adhesive in 1968, he found it fascinating. It had an unusual structure that couldn’t be dissolved or melted. But because it was such a weak adhesive, it had no apparent use. After promoting it within the company for five years, he set it aside. More
Operating at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour, the Shinkansen “bullet trains” of Japan have carried more passengers than any other rail line in the world. The trains offer high speed passage between several of Japan’s More