Read These Five Behaviors Can Create an Innovation Culture at: www.strategy-business.com

“Breakthroughs happen when organizations are set up to support them.

Many companies want to establish a culture of innovation, one that will encourage employees to take risks that lead to breakthrough products. But how exactly to build this type of culture often eludes senior leaders — threatening the success of their innovation initiatives.

Interestingly, it may be that their focus on culture is what’s holding them back. They are thinking about the big picture, instead of instituting the changes that would actually enable that picture to exist. Culture is the net effect of shared behaviors, and therefore adopting innovative behaviors must come first. You change the culture by becoming more innovative — not the other way around.”

Fantastic article by Rob Shelton in strategy+business that can be applied to health IT departments.

Rob’s 5 innovative behaviors are:

1. Build collaboration across your ecosystem.
2. Measure and motivate your intrapreneurs.
3. Emphasize speed and agility.
4. Think like a venture capitalist
5. Balance operational excellence with innovation.

Other than the first point, healthcare rarely emphasizes encouraging an entrepreneur’s mindset. There are many reasons for this, but the idea of taking risks in an industry that deals with patients is typically avoided at all costs. Within the IT departments, however, there is room for innovation that can actually help minimize and reduce risks for caregivers.

Finding ways to leverage the health data being generated within the organization is the foundation from which other innovative ideas can spread. And, we believe, that health care organizations cannot leverage the data within their organization without “owning” that data, which means that can see and use every element of the data and send and receive those elements to other systems in use throughout the organization or outside of the organization.

When the possibilities are limitless, hospitals can and are doing some very innovative things with their health data to improve care and operations.

To succeed in the “on-demand” future of health care, organizations can become innovative when they:

  • Take control of their health data and build a foundation of interoperable data
  • Create a strategic data framework to quickly respond to future demands
  • Utilize modern data standards for data exchange
  • Strive to become an industry leader through innovative partnerships

 

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