Focus on Innovation

Healthcare innovation solving problems and improving the patient experience

Innovation is everywhere in healthcare right now. Apps, big data, social, mobile and open APIs foretell disruption that could emerge from inside or outside the traditional health IT space.

In September, we'll talk to the technologists and hospitals leaders about their top priorities, how they foster the development of innovative projects, apps and devices, as well as advice for overcoming the hardest challenges – all while preparing strategies to keep pace in the fast-changing world of health information and technology.

Latest from Health 2.0

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Walmart, neuroscience design firm partner to launch nutrition behavior app in stores

by Dave Muoio
Fresh Tri is designed to offer practical behavior suggestions and keep users engaged in spite of setbacks.
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Consumer-oriented access to healthcare is a patient expectation

by HIMSS TV
Livongo CEO Glen Tullman explains that moves by businesses like Amazon and CVS are pushing the traditional healthcare system model because ready or not, consumers want to make their own healthcare decisions.
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Virta CEO: Don't fear building outside the healthcare system

by Jonah Comstock
Through trial and error, Sami Inkinen found his virtual diabetes care model didn't fit nicely into the status quo.
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Addiction recovery app integrates social network with certified coaches

by HIMSS TV
Chris Pesce, chief operating officer at Sober Grid, talks about how the company won the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation opioid challenge for its mobile app integrating a peer support social network with certified and trained peer recovery coaches.
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HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf: Silver Tsunami is driving global health innovation

by Laura Lovett
The global aging population may be straining resources, but could also be what pushes digital health innovations.
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Healthcare tech should be an asset, not a burden for doctors

by HIMSS TV
Jack Resneck, chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, emphasizes the need for physicians to be involved in the early stages of app development to ensure they actually improve the overall care quality for patients.
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VR rehab advancing prosthetic limb tech

by HIMSS TV
Albert Chi, MD, medical director of Muscle Integration at Oregon Health & Science University and patient Johnny Matheny demonstrate how nerve reassignment and VR rehab work to advance prosthetic limb technology.
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Pay-as-you scale startup for providers Beam launches at Health 2.0

by Laura Lovett
New York-based startup Beam, a digital health platform that lets providers communicate with patients and insurers, launched at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California. 
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Walmart wants to influence healthcare with diet-changing app

by HIMSS TV
David Hoke, senior director of associate health and wellbeing at Walmart, explains how the store and its new Fresh Tri app will engage consumers with chronic health conditions to address an important health issue — their diet.
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Health 2.0: Don't let technology take humans out of healthcare

by Laura Lovett
Patient advocates at Health 2.0 spoke about balancing technological breakthroughs and keeping the human touch. 
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Women's health claim victory in VentureConnect competition

by Dave Muoio
Mira and Avhana Health surpassed a pool of 60 entrants to place first in the contest's consumer and provider tracks, respectively.

Reader opinions

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Poll: Apple vs. Android: What's your innovation strategy?

by Healthcare IT News Staff
Take our quick survey and we’ll report the results back soon.
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Poll results: Readers support FDA Pre-Cert

by Jonah Comstock
The results to our poll about the FDA program prompt questions about the program's fairness to companies big and small.
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Poll results: CVS-Aetna most likely to disrupt healthcare

by Tom Sullivan
Readers pointed to the incumbent’s domain expertise and broad member base outweighing Amazon’s innovative nature.

Innovation in action

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Innovation foundation: Smart data governance is a team sport

by Mike Miliard
Five roles to develop and four rules to follow for effective and secure data governance.
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What's your hospital's innovation strategy?

by Bill Siwicki
One has a moat surrounding its products no one can get through while the other offers an open operating system for all to use.
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How the FDA is shaping healthcare innovation

by Laura Lovett
In the last year the FDA has taken steps to evolve its process for regulating software as a medical device, personal genomics and clinical decision support technology.
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Former Allscripts CEO: Patient empowerment is the future

by Tom Sullivan
The Livongo founder said that digital health makes people smarter, helps navigate healthcare and eases payments is where innovation will come from.
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Healthcare innovation giving rise to the Chief Digital Officer

by Tom Sullivan
Pamela Dixon of SSi-Search on the emerging CDO role and how it differs from traditional CIOs, CTOs and other executive positions.
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FDA-approved healthcare tech in 2018 (so far)

by Dave Muoio
A collection of 31 approvals and clearances by the US Food and Drug Administration include several novel products.
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Execs share advice to foster a culture of innovation

by Beth Jones Sanborn
William Morris, Rasu Shrestha, and Shafiq Rab say to identify innovators, think purpose-built tech, embrace the unsexy, and protect your investments.
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A look inside Epic, Cerner and Allscripts app store programs

by Bill Siwicki
Executives explain how the developer initiatives work and why they’re fueling innovation and shaping future direction of their platforms.
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Cybersecurity: Innovating staff buy-in and avoiding silver bullet tools

by Jessica Davis
Hackers are constantly innovating attack methods and organizations need to follow suit, by following trends and choosing cybersecurity tools that fit their business needs.
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Q&A: HIMSS Innovator in Residence Adam Culbertson

by Jonah Comstock
HIMSS expert Adam Culbertson talks about the open API space and how it can impact change in healthcare.
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Disruption timeline: CVS and Aetna, Amazon’s pact with Berkshire and JPMorgan

by Susan Morse
Here’s a look at how we got to the cusp of innovative technologies and business models healthcare is facing right now.
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Blockchain being put to work by IBM, Intel, CDC to combat opioid epidemic

by Mike Miliard
Add this to blockchain’s growing list of innovative use cases: tracking prescription and population health data.
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3 charts explain where healthcare innovation is headed

by Tom Sullivan
New HIMSS Media research spotlights what innovations are needed most, top areas hospitals are prioritizing and sticking points to avoid.

HIMSS Learning Center

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What Innovation Means to Healthcare and Why it Matters Today

by HIMSS Media
Open APIs, cloud computing, FHIR, developer programs, tech accelerators and hospital innovation labs. We’re at an exciting juncture right now in healthcare. But where is it all going? Tune in to hear from HIMSS Subject Matter Experts: Neil Patel, Executive Vice President of HIMSS Healthbox, Ian Hoffberg, Applied Innovation Manager and Adam Culbertson, Innovator-in-Residence delve deep into innovation and share their first-hand experience on the state of innovation.
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Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Healthcare Innovation

by Nutanix
Join us to learn how leading healthcare organizations are using enterprise cloud solutions to accelerate innovation and create a more efficient and productive healthcare environment.
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Building a Patient Experience Network with Wireless

by Mist Systems
The hospital of the future is charged with bridging the divide between IT and business needs to improve patient care. Technology stacks are evolving beyond the clinician with patient experience setting the curve. While there are many ways to achieve this, the first new VA hospital built in nearly 20 years took a strategic approach to delivering a great patient experience – they upgraded their Wi-Fi network.

Leaders driving innovation

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Health 2.0 and HIMSS: Why coming together strengthens the healthcare community

by HIMSS TV
Indu Subaiya, co-founder of Health 2.0 discusses value in bridging the gap between start-ups and European hospital IT leaders.
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A call to action: Using open APIs to solve global healthcare challenges

by HIMSS TV
Aneesh Chopra urges developers at the Dev4Health conference to leverage the open API ecosystem.
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Keynote presentation: Leading innovation and enterprise transformation

by HIMSS TV
Cleveland Clinic CIO Ed Marx discusses the job’s growing strategic focus to connect strategy, technology and people.
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How Sitra is fostering healthcare innovation in Finland

by HIMSS TV
Pia Heikkurinnen talks about the support the Finnish government is giving Sitra to back digital health startups and innovators.
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How the Danish healthcare system is investing in efficiency

by HIMSS TV
Claus Duedal Pederson talks about how the Danish single-payer system is leveraging technology to improve care quality.
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It's not about technology; it's about culture

by HIMSS TV
Lucien Engelen, director of the Radboud Innovation Center in the Netherlands, explains what tech adoption looks like.
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The road to Dev4Health and a new map for innovation

by HIMSS TV
Indu Subaiya and Matthew Holt lay out the evolution of their organization and highlight new research into emerging trends.
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Presentation: Why innovation requires collaboration

by HIMSS TV
Adrian Zai, director of research at Partners Healthcare, talks about the importance of leadership buy-in and innovation support.

Presentation: You don't have to choose between security and innovation

by HIMSS TV
Chris Bowen at ClearData, and Rohit Talreja at Google Cloud, explain why data security and innovation aren't mutually exclusive.

Investments in innovation

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NHS launches healthcare finance innovation initiative

by Leontina Postelnicu
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's charity is looking for startups to develop tech for healthcare.
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Challenge of new tools for hospitals? Reimbursement

by Jeff Lagasse
When healthcare innovations aren't reimbursed, hospitals are forced to make tough choices about equipment.
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A new breed of Medicaid innovators rises to tackle social determinants of health

by Susan Morse
Town Hall Ventures, Amazon and Socially Determined are bringing a new focus to a long-neglected part of the healthcare industry.