Innovation and Technology
70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
Liz Jensen, RN, MSN, RN-BC
Direct Supply, Inc.: Employee, Ownership Interest (stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest excluding diversified mutual funds), Salary
With an explosion of innovative technology and products entering the healthcare market, providers are faced with increasingly complex decisions of determining what and when to invest in innovations that improve outcomes, create efficiencies, and reduce costs. Investing in the right “innovation” is only part of the equation. Leaders must also develop innovation competencies to execute effective strategies for adoption and implementation to realize sustainable results from their investment.
Since 1985, Direct Supply (DS) has committed to enhancing the lives of older adults and those who care for them. In 2012, DS opened the Innovation and Technology Center (ITC) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering to create a space for exploring innovations that simplify these complex decisions by including senior care providers in the solutions to solve them. Collaboration among providers, engineers and product developers is at the heart of the ITC. Through the SPARK Collective, providers share best practices, explore applications for emerging technology, participate in validation testing, provide critical feedback to engineers, and develop their competencies in innovation leadership.
In 2018 the ITC partnered with the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, Canada to optimize the ability to identify, validate, pilot, and support dissemination and implementation of best in class innovations in senior care. CABHI is an international leader in advancing innovations in healthcare with a mission of advancing innovation in senior care.
The session will provide attendees with a framework for developing “innovation competencies” as leaders in senior care. Examples will be shared from the SPARK and CABHI programs including lessons learned from providers and product developers. Attendees will gain insights into how to actively participate in validation and testing of new technology and products and explore tools to support effective adoption and implementation of innovations within their organizations.