Focus on: Planning for Innovation

Health IT innovation: You need a strategy

Now that the healthcare system is digitized, the table is set for a whole raft of innovation: Apps, devices, digital health software and services, APIs and information that is exchanged and actually useable.

But innovation doesn't just happen for technology's sake.

Instead, health IT executives must craft strategies to create a culture of innovation, absorb and operationalize ideas, determine which to pursue, fail or succeed, and deliver on high-level strategies. During June, Healthcare IT News and Luisbrandao will interview experts, talk to thought leaders and glean insights about how to harness the cutting-edge, ideas in every corner of your healthcare organization.

What you need to know

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Innovation is an ongoing process, not a box to check

by Jonah Comstock

How to build a long-term culture of sustainable innovation.

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Innovation is risky — have a concrete plan to avoid, learn from failed implementations

by Dave Muoio

An unsuccessful pilot is nobody's first choice, but it gives organizations a chance to address their shortcomings and improve their next attempt.

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Trump administration updates AI strategy, with emphasis on transparency, data integrity

by Mike Miliard

The White House wants "explainable" systems for healthcare, not black boxes, and wants research into new technologies that are "reliable, dependable, safe, and trustworthy."

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How providers are deciding if their innovations make business sense

by Laura Lovett

From teaming up with startups to creating provider spinouts, hospitals are looking at how innovation can help manage the bottom line. 

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How healthcare systems are preparing for innovation with patient experience front and center

by Laura Lovett

Provider organizations have missed the mark with patient experience in the past, but involving patient voices on panels and "listening tours" may be key to improving in the future. 

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How Finnish health tech startups are getting off the ground

by Laura Lovett

The ingredients of Finland's growing startup ecosystem include public-private partnerships, data research availability and a little bit of sisu. 

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What is holding back digital health innovation?

by Paddy Padmanabhan

Reimbursement, data interoperability and risk aversion each have healthcare leaders second guessing technology-led innovations.

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Seeking support for your innovation? Target quick wins to prove value

by Dave Muoio

Internal projects yielding clear value can sway top-level decision makers, healthcare analytics experts speaking at today's HIMSS Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare conference said.

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Experts share tips on turning datasets into useful machine learning algorithms

by Jonah Comstock

To take full advantage of AI, organizations need the right team, clear metrics and goals, and the right expectations about real-world accuracy.

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Report: Digital health innovation stymied by poor data sharing

by Dave Muoio

Patients and providers alike are interested in, and see major benefits from, increased access to digital health records, according to a new report from Royal Philips.

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Three Rock Health case studies in navigating the startup-enterprise relationship

by Jonah Comstock

Wildflower, Omada and Welkin Health have lessons to share about working with large enterprises.

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Pharma won't benefit from digital innovation without anticipating its challenges

by Dave Muoio

At BIO 2019, Sanofi's chief medical and digital officer advised fellow pharma leaders on embracing new technologies and preparing for the challenges they'll bring.

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Digital health market is hot, but startups still struggle to create sustainable business models

by Laura Lovett

During a Google Cloud and Rock Health event, representatives from provider and payer organization discussed the next steps toward creating sustainable business models for healthcare startups. 

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Preparing for innovation: To make transformation efficient and responsible, plan ahead

by Jonah Comstock

In June, Luisbrandao and HealthcareITNews will look at the groundwork that needs to be laid for innovation to take place.

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Benefits of using blockchain in healthcare

by HIMSS TV

HIMSS Director of Informatics Mari Greenberger says blockchain as a tool, not a goal, can help rid redundancy, time and money that it takes to solve problems.

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Rucker talks ONC rules in Boston: What they mean and why they matter for innovators

by Jonah Comstock

A panel of innovators joined Rucker to examine the news and to invite comments in the last few days.

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NHS becoming an easier market for innovation

by HIMSS TV

The NHS is traditionally a tough market for innovation, but that reality is changing, says Daniel Zamora, Health 2.0 Manchester Chapter lead.

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How mission-driven hospital approaches innovation

by HIMSS TV

Bruce Leong, director of technology and strategy at Mount Alvernia Hospital in Singapore, discusses the ground-up approach to innovation and collaboration at his ever-evolving organization.

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Getting radical: how innovation is transforming the face of healthcare

by Tammy Lovell

Digital health experts discuss how technology is being used in every situation from helping refugees to providing consultations in self-driving cars.

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Femtech innovators shine the spotlight on women’s health

by Tammy Lovell

Digital founders Saba Alzabin and Eirini Rapti speak to Luisbrandao about how women’s health technology has evolved beyond fertility tracking apps.

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How Central, East Africa's tech renaissance is shaping its healthcare future

by Laura Lovett

From blood delivery by drone to open-source EHRs, innovators are tackling the health needs and special challenges of the region with technology. 

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Drones transforming medical services delivery

by Lynne Minion

Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, announced in April that it had received Civil Aviation Safety Authority approval to fly drones over built-up areas in Canberra, Australia.

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Opinion: How self-tracking biometrics influence patients, medicine and society

by Artur Olesch

For many, self-monitoring is becoming a new philosophy for life, argues digital health journalist and blogger Artur Olesch.

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Wearables, voice assistants face HIPAA hurdles but remain promising in clinical trials

by Laura Lovett

This morning MassBio hosted a panel on the use cases for the technology in clinical trials and beyond. 

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Five tips from Northwell health for engaging health consumers

by Jonah Comstock

At the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit last week, Northwell leadership shared lessons learned.

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Patient stories inspire new digital tools at Singapore Health Systems, Sutter Health

by Laura Lovett

At the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit, representatives from the two health systems explain how listening to patients inspired care coordination tools, health finance platforms and a patient scheduler. 

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For Providence St. Joseph, patient engagement begins with a call center

by Jonah Comstock

The health system combines high tech and high touch to improve patient experience — and dramatically increase appointment booking.

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Without co-design, technology's healthcare potential is wasted

by Laura Lovett

Clifford Goldsmith, chief medical officer and national director of US providers at Microsoft Health and Life Sciences, discusses best practice for creating tools that engage patients and providers. 

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Countries worldwide sound off on digital medicine efforts

by Laura Lovett

This week at the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit, clinicians discussed the international efforts of implementing technology in healthcare.  

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Time to speed up health insurance?

by Piers Ford

Health insurance companies have struggled to keep pace with global digitisation, but if they are to compete with an advancing battalion of disruptors, they need to mobilise coherent digital strategies now – and take the lead in building a new digital ecosystem.

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AMA chair: Digital health has great potential, but it's often not living up to it

by Jonah Comstock

In the areas of interoperability, telemedicine, health apps and AI, we still have work to do.

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With patients more vulnerable than other consumers, technology must keep human empathy at center

by Laura Lovett

Cleveland Clinic's chief experience officer and chief nursing officer discuss the potential and challenges of digital tools in patient care. 

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Protecting the pharmaceutical supply chain

by Tammy Lovell
Governments, industry and regulators worldwide are trying to make the pharmaceutical supply chain mo
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Regulatory challenges and involving clinicians in the health tech industry

by Dean Koh
Although health tech and digital health startups have much to offer in terms of transforming healthc