Three dozen health care innovation officers from across the country, including TMC Innovation director Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D., convened in Houston this week for the inaugural Healthcare Innovators Professional Society (HIPS) conference.
HIPS, a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional organization for key thought leaders, chief innovation officers and chief strategy officers, was formed in January.
“Some of these positions didn’t exist 10 years ago and many have been in their roles for less than five years, so they are interested in getting together,” said HIPS founder Toby Hamilton, M.D.
Located in the Texas Medical Center’s TMC Innovation Institute, the mission of this invitation-only society is to serve, support and connect transformative leaders in an effort to drive winning change across the healthcare infrastructure regionally and nationally.
Health care influencers from some of the nation’s largest health care systems attended the three-day meeting in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) to discuss trends that are shaping the future of health care and how they can make greater advances by sharing ideas.
The conference kicked off with a welcome event at the House of Blues with a keynote speech by Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures—a Silicon Valley venture capital firm—that was moderated by John Arnold, a former hedge fund manager and co-founder of the Houston-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
The group opened its second day with a presentation from TMC President and CEO William McKeon. Participants spent the day sharing ideas in sessions on patient experience, organizational effectiveness, new technologies, innovation measurement and strategic alliances among other relevant topics.
“This has given us a structure around how have others done it, and in some cases, an argument to take to our stakeholders,” said Thomas Maddox, M.D., BJC Healthcare’s inaugural director of the Health Systems Innovation Lab partnership between BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. “We heard from Kaiser and Mayo about ways they are providing health care—and we have had some of the same challenges—so it is good to hear from them and see how what they did might be applicable for us.”
The third day included a tour of the TMC Innovation Institute and a brainstorming activity around evolving health care.
“This was eye-opening,” said Tom Kruse, chief strategy, integration and innovation officer at CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington. “The health care industry isn’t always exposed to things like this, so it is good to be able to talk with other professionals in the industry doing impressive work.”
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