Reading List

Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Health care is infatuated with innovation. We’re awash in innovation conferences, organizations proclaiming innovation as a core value, newly minted Chief Innovation Officers, prizes for best innovation. We think innovation is great, but there’s a downside. When organizations overemphasize innovation, they can miss out on the power of imitation – copying existing approaches that actually work. Providers need to actively seek out good ideas that have been tried and refined, bring those ideas home, and adapt them for local use.

Fri, Aug 1, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Peter Kung, director of strategic Technologies at UCLA Health, will deliver a keynote address entitled “Linking strategy, Innovation, and execution,” as part of the Health IT Summit in Seattle, to be held August 19-20 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The Summit is sponsored by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, or iHT2 (since December 2013, Healthcare Informatics has been in partnership with iHT2 through HCI’s parent company, the Vendome Group, LLC). As he prepares to speak at the Summit on August 19, Kung spoke with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland regarding the innovative work being done at UCLA Health, and his broader perspectives on innovation in healthcare right now.

Thu, Jul 31, 2014

If you are like most managers, the idea of defining innovation seems daunting. Is innovation simple? No. But innovation is straightforward. It may seem counterintuitive, but with proper definition and perspective, you’ll find that innovation is just as straightforward and as essential as any other core business function. To put it in perspective, consider another core business function, such as HR.

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

The Institute for Innovation in Health at UCLA announces the 5 winning teams for their Re-Imagining and Transforming the Patient Experience contest. We look forward to seeing their ideas become a reality. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

Tired of being called an accelerator, HealthXL CEO, Martin Kelly says “Don’t call us an accelerator. We are post acceleration…the innovators we work with have real products and real teams…we pair them with some of the largest companies in the world.”

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation’s Young People

Wed, Jun 11, 2014

On June 11, UCLA Health will host a press briefing at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to highlight the many innovations now underway across our region. The UCLA Health Institute for Innovation will release the results of their scan of innovations in Los Angeles: Los Angeles Innovates – Meeting New Demands for Access to Healthcare. Members of the LA Health Innovators Forum will display their new programs in an Innovation Gallery, and representatives of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, UCLA Health Institute for Innovation, and other regional leaders will describe the impact these innovations will have on the availability of affordable care in Los Angeles.

Wed, Jun 11, 2014

Each year, the Healthy Community Data Summit showcases the technologies, programs, and data that are changing health at a local level and accelerating conversations on how governments, clinicians, and innovators can work together towards improving future communities. The event will create awareness on specific health issues amongst policymakers, entrepreneurial startups, and key developers while maintaining a positive space for networking and collaboration during and following the conference.

Thu, May 29, 2014

The recent National Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston got me thinking about innovation in a new way. It made me realize that innovation is a practice as much as it is a discovery – that it's not attainable for just a few, but available for all. It can be about process as much as about product. It involves something new, but not always a new device. Technology is usually, though not always, the enabler. You don't have to be a Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Madame Curie, Molly Coye or Wendy Everett to be part of the innovation gang. You just have to be alert, maybe adjust the way you look at things a bit, and stay on your toes.

Tue, May 13, 2014

Innovative leaders from across the health sector will share proven and real-world approaches, first-hand experiences and lessons learned from the accelerated transformational path they follow. Providers and payers are under enormous pressure to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Employers, consumers, government purchasers and health exchanges are all turning up the heat on the provision and payment of care. The National Healthcare Innovation Summit focuses on real-world, scalable Innovations to help stakeholders solve these problems and realize the promise of a transformed health system.