The Impact of Leadership on Healthcare Innovation

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Good Informatics Leaders, Greater Healthcare Innovation

According to a piece in the Harvard Business Review, there are six major forces necessary to drive innovation within the healthcare space. It is the “players” involved that come in at the top of the list, even above the necessities of funding and policy. Healthcare leaders have the power, promise and potential to spearhead new ideas and bring them to fruition.

This sentiment is echoed by Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy. Their report “Healthcare Brands: A Prescription for Leadership and Innovation” speaks to the importance of future-minded thinking within a changing industry. There is an unprecedented opportunity for healthcare leaders to build their brands in response to what has become a data-driven consumer-based marketplace.

Choosing to pursue your health informatics degree can position you as a leader who understands how innovation in data collection and delivery will herald in a new age of success for health systems and healthcare companies. While anecdotal stories about positive outcomes due to new procedures or technologies have certain value, consumers throughout the healthcare continuum will be looking for metrics that validate secondary findings.

It is also clinical information that will facilitate new innovations in patient safety and quality care. Knowing how data is applied at the point of care is essential in creating new processes that can enable change in alignment with evidence-based guidelines and regulatory requirements. The evolution of the electronic health record is truly a vehicle for innovation, particularly when driven by data-centric decision-makers.

Outside influences are further encouraging creative thinking at the top levels of the informatics sector. Government mandates for meaningful use and data reporting are key motivating factors for ongoing improvement and innovation. Mandates require changing care delivery processes that have been entrenched for years, while also seeking out new and better ways to automate information collection, sharing and reporting.

There are many ways to leverage your health informatics degree into a position of leadership innovation:

• Explore how to eliminate manual data entry in nursing areas that report into the NDNQI.
• Find ways to add consumer value to patient portals.
• Look for the answer to making healthcare data more accessible to mobile device users.
• Learn how to mine social media for public health informatics.
• Realize that your opportunities are only limited by your imagination.