Few would argue that the past ten years of the introduction of digital storage and other electronic devices has not empowered health care providers, hospitals and the health industry.
The promises have been many. Some have taken root and will become a part of the new infrastructure of how medical care is delivered.
There are those who state that HIT Venture Capital has peaked, after the Federal Funding by the HITECH Act and Federal incentives have passed. CMS Meaningful use has dampened any enthusiasm for meaningful advances in EHR since capital investment will now be diverted for a capability in which few clinicians are interested.
The fact is that most innovative ideas do not make it off the drawing board, attract capital, nor make it to a marketplace. Even after running that gauntlet the marketplace may not be favorable to develop a sustainable business model. Except for government, profit often is the measure of a successful innovator.
However even in government profit can be a motive, or at least reduce taxation and cut costs of operation. Our government functions wiith a contractual bidding system....ie, lowest bid...best product. The two are not mutually exclusive. Risk to a government is different than risk to a business innovator.
The blend for success is a mixture of creativity, scientific breakthroughs, business acumen, and timing.
Innovation can be scientific, or even new business models for health care. Certainly the Affordable Care Act is an innovation. (more later).
Here are some possibilities:
Graphical Display of Innovations Innovator Gallery
Pharmaceuticals (Drug Development)
Organizations focused on Health Innovations
University of California Innovation examples
California Health Care Foundation
Digital Health Space
Center for Digital Health Innovations
Public Health Innovation
CMS Innovation Center (detailed description)
Rock Health Summit
Innovating for Value in Health Care
The Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center
Blog « Rock Health
Kickstarters (While there is no specific category for Health, there is a
HIT Venture Capital History and Future Outlook
HIT venture capital funding jumps in 2014
The impact of the Affordable Care Act,and increasing regulatory (details)
Education and MOOC Innovating in Health Care