Category Archives: Leadership

Bridging Innovation into Health Care Leadership

By R. Edward Howell

As I read Regina Herzlinger and colleagues’ thoughtful HBR blog post, a call to “alter how we educate future health care leaders,” I am reminded of the classic Michael J. Fox movie, Back to the Future. The writers’ assertion that “business leaders can and should partner with educators” strikes me as a return to the original training construct for health and hospital leaders, in which students in masters’ programs in health administration spent one year in the classroom and a second year under the direction of an experienced health care practitioners. Their urging of academic and business leaders to work together “to integrate the classroom into the real world” is not only timely; it is likely to be well received by the practitioners in the field.

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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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People, Not Just Institutions, Can Be Hubs of Innovation

socialized_medicineBy Jennifer J. Salopek

Kieran Murphy, MD, is an interventional radiologist at the University of Toronto who holds 62 patents; the devices he invented or improved are used more than 62,000 times per year. Murphy, who believes that interventional radiology attracts inventive people, is interested in the genesis of innovation and how it can be diffused. His research has led him to conclude that people, as well as places, can be innovation hubs. He has also demonstrated that social networks are not only evidence but drivers of innovation.

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Health Wonk Review: Polar Vortex Edition, July 2014

Okay, so the vaunted summer polar vortex didn’t exactly bring the expected plummeting temperatures this week, but at least the oppressive humidity is lessened. Along with that refreshing change, some fresh thoughts from our Health Wonkers:

Over at InsureBlog, Henry Stern, LUTCF, CBC, kicks things off with a post on “SexistCare.” Stern reveals that the ACA mandates a whole raft of benefits specifically for women and children, but none for men. He wonders why mammograms are covered as preventive care, for example, but there are no corresponding provisions for prostate cancer screening. “Where’s the hue and cry?” he asks.

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Trustees Can Improve Diversity Stewardship in Higher Education

By Marc A. Nivet and Anne C. Berlin

Originally posted June 5, 2014

Often the discourse on the role of boards in diversity leadership begins and ends with board composition. This is still an important cause, as it brings broad perspective and signals inclusiveness from the top down, among other net positives. But, a board’s diversity charge should go beyond composition.

Diversity is increasingly embraced as a strategic imperative and driver of institutional excellence, and as a means for competitive differentiation in a crowded market, especially when it comes to attracting top students, faculty and staff.

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Physician Filmmaker Documents One of America’s Busiest ERs in Code Black

By Sarah Sonies

There are few places of such constant drama and excitement as a hospital emergency room. Crowded with patients awaiting urgent care, Los Angeles County Hospital’s ER is one of the busiest.

Code Black, a documentary directed by ER doc and first-time filmmaker Ryan McGarry, MD, highlights the physicians fighting to save lives in one of the largest public hospitals in the country. Continue reading Physician Filmmaker Documents One of America’s Busiest ERs in Code Black

Health Care Social Media Review

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Screen shot 2012-02-22 at 10.07.49 AM_1We at Wing of Zock are very pleased to host our first edition of Health Care Social Media Review. This roundup of blog posts treating different aspects at the intersection of health care and social media is wide-ranging, both in terms of topic and origination point. However, as a blog about innovation in academic medicine, we are naturally drawn to posts that deal with medical education and professionalism.

Via Health Care Social Media Monitor, Marie Ennis O’Connor offers “Medical Students: Here’s How to Manage Social Media.” Rendered as an infographic, this thoughtful guide urges readers through such steps as: See for Yourself; Get Rid of What You Don’t Like; Go Off the Grid; and Don’t Be a Comedian (Unless You Are a Comedian). All sound advice that medical students would do well to heed.

Howard Luks, MD, penned “The Great Untapped Opportunity for Doctors on Social Media” for a May 23 post on The Doctor Blog. Noting that “recognition of social media’s value propositions have come slowly in health care,” Luks exhorts health care professionals to engage and communicate patients via social media. He writes:

By passing up this opportunity, we are missing the chance to help clear misinformation and doubts. When we make use of social media, we can put content forth in a manner that is easy to absorb, easy to understand, and easy to use. We can create an online knowledge core that addresses most of their basic questions. This is, in my view, what the patient segment of the social media healthcare audience requires most.

In “What an EMR Built on Twitter Would Look Like,” David Do, MD, resident physician at the University of Pennsylvania and chief technology officer at Symcat, offers the bold prediction that doctors will follow patients on Twitter to get real-time updates on patients’ health. In his post on The Health Care Blog, he notes that many physicians are unhappy with EMRs, finding them inefficient, redundant, and unreliable. On the other hand, social media can help organize immense amounts of information. Do offers a graphic mockup of a live-feed EMR and describes the ways it can improve on existing EMRs. Continue reading Health Care Social Media Review

Unexpected Collaborations

Originally posted on the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation blog May 21, 2014

By Francesca Ripple

Yesterday I watched a video that went viral and I thought to myself, “Now, that’s innovation!” I might be the only person out of 6 million people who saw this impromptu jam session as an analogy for innovation, but here is why.

Innovation is all about unexpected combinations and collaborations that can create new value. We are often asked by people who visit us at the Center For Innovation how to create and foster innovation; how can they replicate the secret sauce? And while we can create the spaces and the opportunities that support innovation, it’s the magic of the creatives – the people – that makes all the difference. The guitarist, Jese Raya, was just ‘doing his thing’ (as he usually does) when unexpectedly a passerby heard something that inspired him to stop and collaborate. Continue reading Unexpected Collaborations