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SXSW Interactive 2014

Hacking Medical Training through Innovation

We are at the beginning of a historic era for innovation in health care delivery in the US due to the convergence of payment reform, proliferation of mobile technology, and changing provider culture toward value rather than volume-based care. Academic medical centers (AMCs) have the potential to be leaders in this era of delivery reform, but most have yet to display a commitment to delivery innovation on par with their commitment to basic research. This discrepancy is not due to lack of talent or innovative spirit in AMCs, but rather because of a paucity of training in designing and implementing end-user validated interventions and a lack of established pathways for career advancement in clinical innovation outside of research, among other barriers. The panel will explore how AMCs can become leaders in efficient, patient-centered, and commercially sustainable innovation by committing to disruptive changes in training the next generation of clinician-innovators.

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  1. Can institutional “incubator” programs and clinician-innovator career tracks coupled with innovation training programs jumpstart innovation at AMCs?
  2. What is the role of the entrepreneurial, investment, and technology community in working with academic medical centers to create new ventures that generate commercial and social value?
  3. Are academic medical centers an appropriate place to incubate for-profit digital health startup from the perspective of conflict of interest and patient protection?
  4. Is the current research-based business model of academic medical centers sustainable or do they have to diversify their sources of revenue?
  5. Is it sustainable for clinicians to continue to practice medicine and be fully engaged in entrepreneurial activities?



Andrey Ostrovsky, CEO, Founder, Pediatrician, Boston Childrens Hospital; Care at Hand

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health and Medicine
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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