5 Things We’re Reading on Health Care Innovation

This week’s five reads show how innovation comes in various forms. From new products developed by nurses to artificial intelligence to more “frugal” innovations from different nations, health care is being disrupted from all angles.

Nurses get in on innovation

Increasingly, front-line nurses are using their daily experiences to come up with new products to improve patient care. The Boston Globe profiled innovative nurses and various programs offered by universities and hospitals that help nurses get their product ideas off the ground. Read the full piece here.

10 medical innovations that may change the game in 2018

Out of 150 nominations, experts from Cleveland Clinic recently selected 10 innovative medical technologies that they believe will shape 2018, ranging from targeted breast cancer therapies to a closed-loop insulin delivery system. Becker’s Hospital Review lists all 10.

How hospitals are using artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence may seem like it’s from the future, but many health care organizations are currently using the technology to process data and better help patients. Health and technology experts discussed AI in health care during a panel at the U.S. News Healthcare of Tomorrow conference earlier this month. Read a recap of their conversation.

Innovation doesn’t have to be expensive

Often when we think about innovation, we think fast new computers and expensive technology. An article in Health Affairs proves that train of thought wrong, detailing “frugal” innovations developed in five countries that could greatly benefit American health care. See more here.

4 lessons on high-stakes innovation in health care

When HealthCare.gov launched four years ago this month, it was not smooth sailing — the site was largely unusable on its first day live. A team of engineers and others was tasked with fixing the website quickly, and used a four-piece framework of innovation to do so. On the anniversary of that painful launch, one of the team members wrote a first-hand account of the high-stakes innovation for Forbes. Read it here.

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