Innovation Evangelists

It’s no secret that hospital systems use some forms of technology that are outdated, most notably, the fax machine.  While a move toward increased interoperability and expanded use of electronic methods of communications are important, there are also other tech innovations waiting in the wings to be implemented, like increased use of virtual care and decision making being buoyed by artificial intelligence.

What holds back many of these ideas isn’t that they don’t have a use, but often that they don’t have the amount of support and a champion within an organization to move the technology forward.  Omkar Kulkarni, the Chief Innovation Officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will be speaking about this idea at the upcoming Health 2.0 conference in California.

One of the key issues he will focus on is the end goal of implementing some of these new technologies.  It’s not enough to innovate or add technology for its own sake, there must be a common goal so an organization is rallying more around a desired result than a method to get there.

The interesting give and take occurs between senior leadership and clinicians.  Without support from the top, it’s unlikely that a new technology will make it through the budgeting process, but without support from individual providers, implementation will suffer.  Innovation truly becomes a success when there is both buy in from leadership that understands the vision and clinicians who can use new technology easily and practically.

Kulkarni also adds that developers of new technologies need to keep the needs of end users and patients in mind.  One of the greatest barriers to large-scale adoption will be getting patient buy-in to new and helpful technologies.

Extract uses a team of professional services engineers to gain feedback and buy-in from our services.  This is how we develop new features for ease of use and help to create a more seamless experience.  If you’d like more information about how we streamline workflows and use technology to free up clinicians’ time, please reach out today, and we’d be happy to have a conversation.


About the Author: Chris Mack

Chris is a Marketing Manager at Extract with experience in product development, data analysis, and both traditional and digital marketing.  Chris received his bachelor’s degree in English from Bucknell University and has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.  A passionate marketer, Chris strives to make complex ideas more accessible to those around him in a compelling way.