Organizing for Improvement versus Organizing for Innovation

Organizing for Improvement versus Innovation

Busy organizing for continuous improvement in your professional service organization? Both in healthcare and in the legal industry there are some great examples of how to embed continuous improvement in the fabric of your organization. Is the same infrastructure also suitable to foster innovation and new business development?

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Unlocking a Hospital’s True Potential: Engage Physicians in Innovation and Improvement Efforts

On average, hospitals need to reduce costs by 5-10% in order to survive current pressures & changes. Such costs reductions are attainable, but only when physicians are engaged in these improvement trajectories. Then, it is impossible to unlock a hospital’s true potential. How engage physicians in such a way that it benefits all involved, i.e. physicians, hospital management and patients alike?

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Innovating Innovation Management

Innovation to keep up with the changes in technology is an imperative in nearly every industry nowadays. However, in spite of all the experience and expertise developed with regard to innovation and new product development in the past 30 to 50 years, most innovation projects still fail. Time to change how we innovate…

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual National Forum

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) held its 26th annual forum. A wonderful venue to learn how to achieve better health, better healthcare at lower costs. The speakers and exhibits showed in numerous ways how this triple aim can be realized.

Three Sciences

There are three sciences which all have the same overall objective, advance healthcare: Basic, Clinical & Translational, and Implementation science. Is it wise to maintain this split, because each has a significant different focus? Or would it be better if these three sciences came together, as they strive for the same goal?

Business Model Innovation

In the innovation management literature, business model innovation is the new buzzword. What is it, how is it different from other types of innovation, and is it applicable to the health care and legal industries?

Primary Care

Primary Care is key to the health care system. Yet, in spite of its importance, primary care is confronted with many challenges. Interestingly, very different approaches are used to address these challenges. There is a movement that strives to put the physician back at the center of care, referred to as the Familiar Physician. At the other end of the spectrum there are Retail Clinics, which basically eliminate primary care physicians by replacing them with nurse practitioners in retail stores.

A Medical Innovation Center for Every Health Care Center

Medical innovation centers are becoming increasingly popular, as a recent article in the Washington Post attests. Every health care center or system should have such a center, because it signals that the institute cares about, and works hard to provide better care for their patients. What does it take to ensure medical innovation centers contribute to improved patient care?

What Doctors Can Learn From Each Other

Different clinicians, in different hospitals produce different results on different procedures. Stefan Larsson looks at what happens when doctors measure and share their outcomes on hip replacement surgery, for example, to see which techniques are proving the most effective. Could health care get better — and cheaper — if doctors collect such data to learn from each other and innovate?

Health Monitoring for Both Healthy and Sick?

Companies like Theranos and 23andMe represent a trend in healthcare of preventative, personalized and patient oriented healthcare. Better, faster, and cheaper monitoring of your health with the aim to prevent becoming ill, isn’t that the ultimate form of healthcare? Theranos for example, compares itself with the scale you use to monitor your weight, instead they provide a scale that provides you with information on the wellbeing of your entire body. Yet, who’s weight is being helped by monitoring it on a daily basis?

What Makes Innovation Management Different for Professional Service Organizations

The margins of many professional service firms are under pressure, because of technology, internet, globalization, or changing customer expectations. Cost cutting is one way out, but only gets you sofar. This webinar shows how innovation can bring prosperity to professional service organizations, similar to what it has done for many facturing firms. However, to be successful, requires an alternative approach to innovation.

Healthcare Innovation: If Not You, Then Who?

Research and development can provide innovative solutions to today’s pressing health care challenges. The NIH invests a vast amount of money in research; basic and translational research. The centers for Medicare and Medicaid also spent considerable money on innovation. In comparison, the health services industry is lacking behind. If the purpose of innovation in health care is to improve patient care, who is going to take care of the innovations that impact the latter?