Quote From Wil Yu

“The first Innovation Exchange for Health IT took place in Philadelphia earlier this year, under the leadership of BluePrint Health IT.”  

-Wil Yu, Special Assistant,

Innovations, ONC

Speed Dating for IT

John Halamka, MD, MS, a seasoned blogger and industry expert, writes about the BluePrint Health IT Innovation Summit in his well followed blog, "Life as a Healthcare CIO."

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Innovators with inventive products and services
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BluePrint Health IT Innovation Exchange Summit Series
Spring 2014 Innovation Centers Summit Workshop Print E-mail

Spring 2014 Innovation Centers Summit Workshop

April 7, 2014 | Baltimore, MD



Fall 2012 Innovation Centers Summit Workshop RECAP Print E-mail


Fall 2012 Innovation Centers Summit Workshop
November 14, 2012

Attendees in General Session

(San Leandro, CA) Twenty Healthcare Innovation Centers from across the country met at Kaiser Permanente's Garfield Innovation Center in a full day workshop. Sponsored by BluePrint Healthcare IT, Kaiser Permanente, and Foundation for Healthcare Innovation, Innovation Center representatives participated in breakout sessions to draft best practices in six topic areas and then the group conducted a total of forty speed dating/matching sessions. The day started with tours of the premier Garfield Center.

Summit Workshop Co-Chairs Faye K Sahai of Kaiser Permanente and Wil Yu of Foundation for Healthcare Innovation opened the day with a welcome to Garfield and provided perspective on the role of innovation in healthcare. Mike Squires, BluePrint Healthcare IT, also Co-Chair, previewed the overarching goal of the day—cross-pollination among centers—and then introduced the six breakout sessions.

Faye Sahai leads the Managing the Innovation Lifecycle Breakout Session

Six breakout groups each used a case study to start the Best Practices conversation, identified problems in the area, drafted three to six Best Practices for Innovation Centers, and recommended next steps. The topics explored were Prototyping/ Lab/ Commercialization, Managing the Innovation Life Cycle, Sharing Innovations Internally, Medical Device Interoperability, Future Healthcare and Tech Envisioning, and Mobile Technology. Meeting together in full session, the six groups shared their findings.

In the afternoon, each Innovation Center presented a 3-minute/3-slide brief of their organization. The briefs opened the way for four one-on-one speed dating sessions between Innovation Centers.  In 15-minute sessions the potential partners started to explore a topic of mutual interest. If the meetings clicked, the centers agreed to follow up with more substantive discussions on ways of working together.

Speed Dating Session

Whether discussing best practices, ways of working together, or learning about each other, the intensity and enthusiasm lasted throughout the day. The day ended with meeting informally with non-healthcare Innovation Centers.

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Participating Innovation Centers

Links direct you to Innovation Center website where provided.

Medical Device Interoperability in the OR

Breakout Sessions
Click on each to see the PDF presentation and best practices identified. 

Summit Workshop Co-chairs

  • Faye K Sahai
    Exec Director, Innovation & Adv Tech, Digital Health Tech & Strategic Initiatives
    Kaiser Permanente

  • Wil Yu
    Foundation for Healthcare Innovation
    (Formerly with Office of National Coordinator for Health IT and CMS Innovation Center, US Dept of Health and Human Services)

  • Mike Squires
    Vice President, Strategic Development and Public Policy
    BluePrint Healthcare IT


Chilmark Research: Innovation, What is it? Print E-mail

IMG_5667In his December 1 , 2012 post "Innovation, What is it?", John Moore, Managing Partner, Chilmark Research, shared his observation from the Workshop: Innovation Centers have the opportunity to identify the need for improved interoperability across systems.

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The Innovation Centers Summit included the following parent companies:
- Aetna
- Ascension Health Alliance
- Barnabas Health and NJIT
- Community Health Network
- Dignity Health
- Group Health Institute
- Innovation Learning Network
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Kaiser Permanente
- Palomar Health
- Partners
- Scripps
- Seton Healthcare Family
- St. Joseph Health System (CA)
- Stanford Hospital & Clinics
- UC San Francisco
- University of South Alabama
- Vanderbilt
- Virginia Mason Medical Center

The first three Innovation Exchange Summits included the following Healthcare Providers and Payer:
- Alegent Health (NE)
- Barnabas Health (NJ)
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (MA)
- Bucktail Medical Center (PA)
- CentraState Healthcare System (NJ)
- Christiana Care Health System (DE)
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (OH)
- Community Health Network (IN)
- Geisinger (PA)
- Hennepin County Medical Center (MN)
- Highmark (PA)
- Intermountain Healthcare (UT)
- Kaiser Permanente (CA)
- Main Line Health (PA)
- Meridian Health (NJ)
- Oregon Health & Science University (OR)
- Penn Medicine (PA)
- Rural Hospitals (IN)
- St. Joseph Health System (CA)
- St. Vincent Health (IN)
- Stanford Hospitals & Clinics (CA)
- Trenton Health Team (NJ)
- TriHealth (OH)
- Visiting Nurse Service of NY (NY)

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