We work with a lot of leaders in Healthcare who are passionate about creating real innovation and change for their employee’s, their culture and their workplace.
That’s why this recent Wall Street Journal interview by Laura Landro with the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human services, Susannah Fox, was of particular interest to us.
PHOTY OF SUSANNAH FOX BY THEO RIGBY AT MEDICINE X, COURTESY OF WALL STREET JOURNAL
The article is a deeper dive into the problems many HC leaders face when trying to introduce new, technology driven initiatives specifically in healthcare. For the CTO of HHS, Susannah Fox, the barriers that keep her and her team from innovative change are the same that hold many HC leaders from making simlilar changes.
Read now an excerpt from the interview about one of those barriers Fox faces:
WSJ: Do you see any barriers to innovation?
MS. FOX: There are few sectors as resistant to change as government and health care. We count on their stability. But I have seen those two millstones grind a great idea down to powder. I’ve also seen initiatives flourish and grow, nurtured on the strong platform that this agency provides.
Do you work for a millstone or an agency of change?
Depending on your proposed idea, most new initiatives get bogged down in meeting after meeting (where good ideas go to die).
How can you avoid this? For one – partner with a startup who are experts in the field you are trying to build consensus in. Leverage the time and energy they are spending doing the “dirty work” of making mistakes. You don’t have time for mistakes.
Recent trends also suggest that corporate innovation is happening at a greater pace than ever before. Some of this is due to competition with startups, however, some of this is facilitated by strategic partnerships with smaller firms or startups who are specializing in healthcare or their related industry.
We see it often; organizations (those in HC or not) who are willing to think outside the box and take “mitigated risks” oftentimes see strong returns on their investment.
Want to know how to set up programs or systems like these in healthcare? EMAIL ME and we can discuss the ideas I’ve heard from leaders and ones we have of our own.