May 26, 2011
"'Over the past few months we've noticed a huge uptick in 'innovation centers' popping up around the country,' Lindsay Martin, senior research associate for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement said in an interview with HealthLeaders. 'It's definitely the new buzzword, and I don't think that's necessarily bad. It highlights a real need for innovation and people are excited about making some changes.'
Dozens of healthcare systems already have created, or plan to spend millions of dollars to set up their very own centers, even building or buying new facilities or expanding centers they already have. Some are also filling a new C-suite position: a chief innovation officer, the person in charge of all things cutting edge. Why is this happening now?"