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3 Reasons Hospital Innovators Will Head to Dallas in October

By Mandy Roth  
   July 06, 2018

10 national health system innovators join for the first time at NEXT Hospital Innovation.

Hospitals and health systems aren't just customers for innovation. Many of the nation's leading systems are now centers for discovering, incubating, developing, and distributing innovation across the industry. And now, 10 major trendsetters in this arena will gather in a single event.

NEXT Hospital Innovation in Dallas, October 7­‒9, provides an opportunity to learn how these leaders have brought applications and tools to market, and gain insights into how to transform ideas into reality.

This HealthLeaders event is cohosted by Baylor Scott & White Health at the new Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research facility and features innovators from Atrium Health, Intermountain Healthcare, LifeBridge Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System, Northwell Health, Providence St. Joseph Health, Summation Health Ventures (a partnership of MemorialCare and Cedars-Sinai) and UPMC. 

NEXT Hospital Innovation focuses on ideas with proven value that are incubated, funded, and built by leaders at health systems who are experienced in taking products from concept to market. Participants will have direct access to experts and exposure to best practices at health systems actively engaged in innovation.

"This event will go beyond PowerPoints and delve into what we're trying to achieve with innovation," says Nick Reddy, chief digital officer and senior vice president of information services at Baylor Scott & White Health. It's ideal for "fast followers," he says, who want to accelerate activity and learn from the experiences of those operating on the leading edge of innovation.

This event comes at a time when innovation has moved to the forefront of executive strategy for health systems, says Jim Molpus, editor-in-chief for HealthLeaders.

"What makes these innovators so fascinating and so important is that they are building tools that have direct application to today's real healthcare problems," he says. "There is endless hype and churn around innovation these days, but these systems have a purpose and focus around innovation. It's a perfect time to showcase these ideas for all to see."

Leaders who attend this event will:

1. Dig Into Real Innovation
 

There is no shortage of dynamic technology in the healthcare market that promises to close care gaps, create access, or identify wasted process. But what to choose? The filter for many leaders is whether the tool is applicable to today. 

Next Hospital Innovation's "Show and Solve" general sessions feature tools that were created by providers to solve real problems.

A few highlighted sessions:

2. Unstick Your Innovation Strategy
 

Innovation is still a new skill that providers are learning. Moving an innovation through the layers of politics and process puts health systems at a big disadvantage. NEXT Hospital Innovation's "Lead and Build" workshop sessions will take a deep dive into best practices to get innovative ideas out of your meeting rooms and into practice, including:

3. See Innovation From the Field Level 
  

General sessions of the event will take place at Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research, a 300,000-square-foot medical and sports performance collaboration between Baylor Scott & White Health and the Dallas Cowboys at the team campus at The Star in Frisco.

"Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star represents our commitment to preventing illness and injuries before they happen," said Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, in a news release. "The goal of this collaboration with the Dallas Cowboys and Frisco ISD is to improve sports safety for athletes of all levels. This facility will use technology to help athletes understand, monitor and improve performance, and will offer a comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatment and recovery."

NEXT Hospital InnovationRegister: NEXT Hospital Innovation

Those attending NEXT Hospital Innovation will tour the facility, which includes a full-sized indoor football field, a sports performance center powered by the Fusionetics Performance Health System; outpatient rehabilitation, a sports concussion center, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, which is a full-service sports performance and nutrition lab; research facilities; and other outpatient services.

It also houses Blue Star Imaging at The Star, featuring innovative technology in a sports-fan environment, including 3 Tesla MRI, multi-slice CT, bone density, calcium scoring, digital e-ray and ultrasound featuring XD Clear Technology as well as a 3D applications sports surgery center.

To register for the event, visit the NEXT Hospital Innovation page.

Mandy Roth is the innovations editor at HealthLeaders.

Photo credit: Perkins+Will


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