Evolution2018 Brings Innovation Experts to Chicago

By Medline Newsroom Staff | December 17, 2018

Medline and Modern Healthcare teamed up to bring leading healthcare innovators together from across the country for Evolution2018, an immersive half day event held last month in Chicago. Attendees gained key insights on how to creatively “disrupt” to overcome strategic and operational barriers to innovation within their health systems. The opening keynote was delivered by Rod Hochman, MD, president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States. Running a system of that size requires a willingness to evolve, and new revenue streams to fund those evolutions. “If we’re going to change who we are, we’ve got to be able to fund it,” Hochman said. Providence’s strategy has included investments in a health plan, ACOs and a care management system that offers services to other health systems.

A panel on collaboration discussed ways to leverage training and partnerships to help ensure health system initiatives succeed. Sue Murphy, chief experience officer at the University of Chicago Medicine, explained frontline clinicians are more likely to adopt a solution if they understand the problem it is aiming to solve. “We’ve learned that we can implement new technology. But unless the caregiver, who is working with the patient or families, understands the ‘why’—the importance of what the outcome will do—the technology will not be utilized to its full potential,” Murphy said.

The importance of exploring unorthodox partnerships arose a key takeaway of the event. That includes partnering with vendors, noted Sue MacInnes, chief market solutions officer at Medline, who moderated the panel.  “These partnerships can be a true collaboration where you’re together building solutions that you might not have thought were possible. You may have lacked a piece of the puzzle, possibly with design, manufacturing expertise, logistics or technology.”

Closing keynote speaker Eugene Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health, challenged attendees to explore and forge unique partnerships even if that means working with competitors to address health issues in their communities. “I’ve asked some of my colleagues around the country to consider, if you’re doing a community health assessment, why don’t you do it with other providers, and really figure out how you’re going to address (issues) collectively?”  Woods said.

To read more about Evolution2018, including a full recap of the keynote and panel discussions, visit Modern Healthcare.

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