Everyone in healthcare knows that change is a given. The changes can be small shift in pay or patterns or consumer preference. Or they can be landscape-altering changes like ground-breaking new technology or leading edge therapeutics. Hospitals and healthcare systems know that how well they identify and respond to opportunities defines a large part of their success in the market. But many hospitals are beginning to use innovation, and dedicated innovation staff, to help identify, prioritize, develop and integrate these solutions. Here at Orlando Health, our Strategic Innovations team is tasked with inspiring, cultivating and accelerating innovation across our healthcare system - both from within the walls of the hospitals with our team members, and with external startups and partners. It’s a way to balance the best of what’s happening inside the healthcare system and externally in the market.
Our internal Innovation initiative is called the Foundry. We identify opportunities to develop inventions and innovations conceived by our team members and physicians. The variety of ideas submitted is significant - everything from apps and software to novel medical and surgical devices and even a socially assistive robot.