Innovating Around the Concept of “Library”

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Although it occupies a physical structure made of brick, featuring study carrels and a circulation desk, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia houses much more than books and journals. As it has sought to redefine itself in the digital age, as so many other medical libraries have done, CMHSL has added intangibles to its collection: knowledge, collaboration, experimentation, innovation. Indeed, Director and Associate Dean Gretchen Arnold and her staff have brought a fresh approach to the very definition of “library.”

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Encouraging Innovation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

By Dennis S. Charney, MD

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai embraces collaboration, creativity, disruptive thinking, and entrepreneurship—the same principles that have guided Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Apple, and Facebook—and changed our lives. Scientific revolutions, like technological breakthroughs, occur when we pursue big ideas and challenge conventional wisdom knowing there are no guarantees.

The traditional, brick-by-brick, “development by accumulation” approach of academic medicine is simply progressing too slowly. Our society needs breakthroughs, the kind of paradigm shifts that author Thomas S. Kuhn described in his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

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Earth to Mars: Health Care Lessons from India

Originally published September 28, 2014

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD

India’s recent Mars Orbiter Mission was remarkable in many respects. India was the first country that successfully sent a spacecraft into Mars’ orbit on its first try. The mission took only two years to accomplish from announcement to execution. However, one of Mars Orbiter Mission’s most remarkable aspects was its sticker price. The mission cost $74 million, about three quarters the amount it took to make the Hollywood movie, Gravity.

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Health Care Professional Students Learn to Hotspot

Originally published October 6, 2014

By Sonya Collins

This summer marked the launch of the 2014 Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project. The initiative, a collaboration between Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (CCHP), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Primary Care Progress (PCP), gives health professional students an unprecedented hands-on opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care delivery called hotspotting.

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Advanced IT Combines with Care Coordination to Improve Outcomes at U of Missouri

Care coordination can be different—and difficult—for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in a primary care environment. After forming a relationship with Cerner Corporation to develop innovative technologies and founding its Tiger Institute think tank, the University of Missouri Medical School was well-positioned to explore how information technology might be leveraged to aid care coordination. The goal of the LIGHT2 project, explains Lori Popejoy, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, was to engage patients and prepare the provider workforce to use technology to improve care. As Popejoy explains in the following video interview with Wing of Zock editor Jennifer Salopek, 23 care coordinators worked with 130 doctors and more than 10,000 patients to “Leverage Information Technology to Guide Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch Care” (LIGHT2). The results—decreased hospitalizations, decreased ED use, increased screenings, and decreased smoking—were sufficiently impressive to earn the Missouri team honors in the AAMC’s Clinical Care Innovation Challenge. An abstract of the project can be found here.

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The Potential for Innovation Is Universal

Second in the series arising from our new partnership with Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. Read more about the partnership here.

By Robert W. Weisberg, Ph.D., Rebecca M. Speck, Ph.D., MPH, and Lee A. Fleisher, MD

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Graduate Medical Education Reform: A Worthy Trek Through Thin Air

By Steve Lipstein

Recently, the Institute of Medicine released recommendations of a Committee, chaired by former CMS administrators Gail Wilensky and Don Berwick, chartered to conduct an independent review of the governance and funding of graduate medical education in the United States. The recommendations are aimed at producing a physician workforce that better meets the nation’s health needs.

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Wing of Zock “Chart Review” Blog Carnival, October 2014 Edition

chart_review (2)Welcome to the October 2014 edition of Chart Review. As the seasons transition from summer to fall, this month’s carnival focuses on leadership in academic medicine and innovative ideas. Read on for posts on fostering innovation, mentorship in medical school, and health care social media.

Stanford’s Medicine X is the premier conference covering the convergence of education, medicine, technology, and innovation. Missed it? Scope Medical Blog has a series covering the conference. In this post, Lloyd B. Minor, MD, dean of Stanford Medical School, shares his five key principles of leadership. Listening to learn, not to reply, and building diverse teams are what Minor lives by in order to build his on the culture of innovation at Stanford.

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