By Sarah Ingersoll, June 2015
Everyone seems to be talking about “innovation” these days, but what exactly does innovation mean for you and your health care?
On May 13, I spent an inspirational day hearing from healthcare thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe at the 1776 Challenge Festival Health Conference sponsored by MedStar Health; a week later I spent two vibrant days organized by BluePrint Healthcare Innovation Exchange with representatives from 26 health innovation centers from across the country and England — and my head is spinning with ideas and opportunities for innovating in the healthcare arena.
Health care is dramatically changing. As Mark Smith, Chief Innovation Officer at MedStar and Director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation noted in his recent blog, there are three key trends to note:#1 The patient will be in charge.#2 Clinical incentives will align with financial incentives. #3 Health systems will provide ongoing caring for health (not episodic treatment of illness) in multiple settings and platforms — and very diverse data sources will provide deep insight into individual diagnoses and treatment.