By Eric Thrailkill, President Elect, TN HIMSS; VP and CIO of Ambulatory Services, Envision Healthcare;


Earlier this year, the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS announced a partnership with Health:Further to offer more education and professional development at this four-day festival held at The Music City Center in Nashville from August 22nd to August 25th.

This will be the ninth year of the TN HIMSS Summit of the Southeast and provides access to industry-leading innovators, health IT professionals, clinicians and entrepreneurs with two days of education — August 23rd and 24th — and professional networking, within the four-day Health:Further festival. Through the Summit of the Southeast, TN HIMSS will be the exclusive health IT programming partner for this year’s Health:Further festival.

Added to this year’s event is a Corporate Innovation Workshop, focused on the enablement of health systems’ and healthcare organizations’ ability to capture and institutionalize corporate innovation. In healthcare, innovation is an imperative for strategic growth and is top of mind for every stakeholder in our healthcare delivery system today. New ideas, products and services are the focus, but innovation is as much about new methods and business models which rest squarely on the shoulders of the executive team. We have witnessed innovation successes and failures in other industries such as travel, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and financial services. Now healthcare is embracing the innovation challenge, which is critical for this industry’s success.

There are many approaches to corporate innovation including lean startup methodology, open innovation, corporate venturing, co-creation and disruptive innovation as strategies.   There is no “right” answer – innovation success is truly dependent on the mission, vision and values of each organization, combined with its leadership and organizational culture.

This Workshop includes an impressive list of industry experts to discuss various models, corporate structure, strategic alignment and best practices.  The Workshop will start by discussing the Innovation Ecosystem and Innovation Neighborhoods and thinking along the lines of where does it fit and who do you partner with.  Attendees will also hear from the innovators of Providence Health and Services, Henry Ford Health System, and others.  We will introduce three innovative solutions and conclude our Workshop with a special presentation highlighting HCA and FedEx – “BBQ and Hot Chicken: Learn FedEx and HCA’s Unique Recipes for Innovation” moderated by Phil Gibbs of The Disruption Lab.

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