Fourth Innovation Centers Summit Workshop to be held at Innovation Lab in Newport Beach

CRANBURY, NJ – BluePrint Healthcare IT, The Innovation Institute and the Innovation Lab jointly announced today the Fourth Innovation Centers Summit Workshop to be held at the Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, California, on November 17-18, 2014. Open to provider-based healthcare innovation centers, the workshop’s theme, “Optimizing innovation centers to lead healthcare transformation,” will be tackled over two days. The unique and highly interactive forum features breakout sessions, BluePrint’s hallmark speed dating sessions and new master workshops. St. Joseph Health and Bon Secours Health System are members of The Innovation Institute.

According to Mike Squires, vice president, Innovation and Public Policy, BluePrint Healthcare IT, this event will build on the work of the first three Summit Workshops, and will continue to focus on innovation center and program operations. “Rather than listening to presentations and ‘talking heads,’ participants will select topics of greatest interest for the breakout and master workshop sessions ahead of time and meet in concentrated dialogues with peers based on matched speed dating selections,” said Squires.

Topics for breakout sessions may include the role of innovation centers in addressing new models of care, metrics to support ROI, tools and processes that support innovation, the role of small and big data in transforming care, as well as commercialization and stakeholder engagement. Possible topics for new master workshops range from accelerators and hackathons to formal innovation frameworks, as well as social media strategy and planning for physical and virtual innovation centers.

Summit participants will also have the opportunity to be among the first to experience the new Innovation Lab facilities set up by The Innovation Institute, opening this fall in Newport Beach, California.

Co-chairpersons for the event include Larry Stofko, executive vice president of The Innovation Institute and Mike Squires, vice president, Innovation and Public Policy of BluePrint Healthcare IT.

“As innovators in healthcare, we have a responsibility to one another to exchange ideas and share experiences that will benefit patients, care teams, and physicians as well as our organizations and the entire healthcare system,” said Larry Stofko, executive vice president at The Innovation Institute. Stofko continued, “With the opening of our new Innovation Lab facility, hosting BluePrint’s Innovation Centers Summit Workshop will be a great opportunity for healthcare innovation centers across North America to collaborate.”

Squires said, “Accelerating the development of a continuous learning healthcare innovation (centers) eco-system is the objective of BluePrint Healthcare IT Innovation Exchange (BIX) Summit Series. BluePrint’s public policy initiative grew out of our focus on innovation as central to healthcare transformation.” He added, “As more innovation centers are seeking to capitalize on employee ideas, commercialize technology, and deliver better healthcare at reduced costs, everyone will benefit from the cross-fertilization of ideas and learnings.”

Forty-three provider-based healthcare innovation centers and initiatives have joined the Summit Workshop series, with 20 to 25 centers at each. The first Summit Workshop was held at Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Innovation Center in 2012, the second at KP’s Center for Total Health in 2013 and the third in the spring of 2014 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design. Post-summit feedback showed participants agreed the overall goal of cross-fertilization between independent healthcare innovation centers was successful and would recommend similar workshops to colleagues at their organization and others.

Please contact Mike Squires at [email protected] or 908.391.6191 or write Pamela Macey at [email protected]  if you have any questions about participating in this event.

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