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Un-complicating Healthcare IT

Seeing Results From Innovation In Healthcare IT

Mar 8, 2017 3:47:10 PM Posted by Jim Tufts | Leadership Solutions Team Lead

Innovation_HIMSS17.pngThere’s always something changing in healthcare, something always on the horizon. But how do you know your team is ready for innovation? For a while, Value-Based payment models were something “on the horizon” in healthcare and something futuristic to be thinking about, but now healthcare facilities are seeing results from the models they’re implementing.

Payers are seeing real results through alternate payment programs.

In the session titled “Advancing Value-Based Models Through Collaboration,” I learned that New Jersey BCBS saw reductions of 5% in EHR visits and 8% in hospital admissions in their Episode of Care (EOC) model. This was all while improving diabetes control (+6%), colorectal screenings (+8%) and cholesterol management in diabetes patients (+7%). This lowered overall cost of care through the EOD Model by 9%.

How does innovation actually become reality for IT in your healthcare facility?

In the session I attended called, “It Starts With An Idea: Making Innovation Happen,” they provided some key things to think about and steps to follow to know if your organization is ready to innovate or not.

  1. Decide who you are and who you are not
  2. Identify differentiators
  3. Establish a strategy
  4. Create an engagement framework and governance model
  5. Determine how you’re going to measure success
  6. Drive a culture of innovation
  7. Understand your organization and past dynamics
  8. Don’t get caught in “death by committee”
  9. Manage expectations and risk
  10. Establish executive support
  11. Cultivate grass roots efforts
  12. Recognize innovators
  13. Engage champions
  14. Deliver Value
  15. Value is the heart of innovation

Interested in making IT innovation a reality for your healthcare organization? We can help.


Jim Tufts | Leadership Solutions Team Lead

Jim, along with the Leadership Solutions team, leads, guides healthcare providers, in user education, consulting, process improvement, disaster recovery planning, strategic IT planning and more. Jim is the author of the whitepaper, “Guide to the HIPAA Security Rule,” and is often found in healthcare association meetings, national conferences, or in a healthcare board room educating on protecting electronic patient health information.