Three years ago I was asked by Marion Ball, EdD (a well respected informaticist and long-time colleague) to write a book about the intersection of healthcare IT and innovation. I was smart enough to initially say no, but she kept asking because she knew I had been combining my long background in informatics with a newer interest in the science of innovation as part of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program, a charitable organization I established in 2007 with a mission to use creative thinking and diverse technologies to produce a better healthcare experience for patients, physicians and others associated with their care.
- Use What You Have: Our first group of stories highlights how a lot of innovation can be made with the underlying HIT you already have in place, especially EMRs. Examples include use of messaging to support care coordination, CDS tools to support delegation of preventive care and other duties to staff, and reporting tool to identify adverse events.
- Innovation is More Than Technology. For innovations to succeed, it's critical to also address culture issues, new business models, legal and political hurdles, and process change. And, of course, it's often a good idea to be innovative in doing so! The stories about telehealth give some great examples of this!
- Look Around. Learn from all the new technologies and companies appearing in every aspect of our life... from mobile apps to business intelligence to RFID tools to gaming systems. The final section on Advanced Technologies provides many examples of this rule.
- Dream Big (and Wild)! We all are faced with problems in our healthcare organizations, and while sometimes the answer is a small improvement in what we do, in other cases we truly need to innovate - to rethink how we do everything and at that time it's important to come up with wild and crazy ideas which can really make a difference. Don't worry, there will be time later to mix in reality and pragmatism - but in brainstorming, don't be afraid to dream big!
Reviews, Editorials, Interviews, Webinars...
- Amazon Customer Reviews
- HISTalk Blog Review (Dec, 2012)
- HIMSS Innovation Community Webinar (Jan, 2013 - my talk starts about 30 minutes in)
- Video Interview of Lyle and Chris by Matt Holt on The Healthcare Blog (Jan, 2013)
- My Editorial Reviewing Lessons Learned (Feb, 2013)
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital Blog (Feb, 2013)
- HealthLeaders Book Review by Scott Mace (Feb, 2013)
- "The Healing Edge" Webinar via Healthcare Innovation by Design (Feb, 2013)
- Healthcare Informatics Interview on HIT and Innovation (April, 2013)
- American EHR Book Review (April, 2013): "One of those rare gems that bridges the gap between implementation and use of information technology..."
- MedInnovation Book Review (May, 2013): "This book is not a book about a solitary innovator or great guru, like Steve Jobs, working out of a garage. It is about teamwork in large organizations. It is not about a single transformation idea. It is about multiple ways EHRs [and other HIT tools] are incrementally transforming care."