Driving innovation for patients with medical research

Medical research is pushing new ideas fast into healthcare.

These ideas need a landing place to be discussed, designed, modeled, and experimented with before reaching patients. This is where innovation labs start to become significant. There are hundreds of outstanding examples of world-class incubators dedicated to enabling patients. I pulled together some of the most exciting innovation labs on the fridge connecting medical research with patient outcomes.

  • A.I. Innovation Lab: Novartis and Microsoft are combining data sets and A.I. solutions. They tackle the most demanding computational challenges in life sciences and use machine learning for personalized treatments for patients with related macular degeneration (eye disease) to prevent irreversible vision loss.
  • Health2047:  this is the innovation arm of the American Medical Association (AMA). They focused on chronic care, healthcare value, and physician productivity. Two impressive projects are the First Mile Care and Akiri. First Mile care – personalized support for prediabetes, offering access to coaching, tools, and resources to live healthier. Akiri – network as a service health data platform (previous was called health2047 Switch), focuses on safe access to information for patients, physicians, providers, pharma, and other healthcare enterprises.
  • VSP Global Innovation Center: recently founded in 2020, is dedicated to getting eye care and eyewear to the world. They promise to deliver eye care for their members. A member that has reached nearly 90 million in their global network. The innovation center has delivered two fascinating projects, blue light, and sustainability effort. VSP blue light-reducing eyewear to address digital eye strain and spearheading sustainability efforts to bring new materials to the market.
  • GSK Warren Innovation Lab Suites and Digitisation Lab  – GSK, based out of the U.K. with innovation multi-labs. The Warren innovation lab is located in New Jersey and has consumer panelists testing products and performing shopper science. Open Lab is based in Tres Contos, Spain, and brings together scientists and academics to tackle topics like malaria and T.B. leveraging GSK’s resources and networks. At the GSK Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst campus, they offer space and partner with early-stage biotech startups to commercialize their technology. Also, they have an R&D Open Lab for African NCDs (non-communicable diseases) like cancer and diabetes in Africa
  • Center for Innovation (CFI): located in the Mayo Clinic, started in 2008. I love their tagline, “Think big, start small, move fast.” The Innovation Exchange is a Mayo Clinic platform for members to access scientists, facilities, and their network focusing on greater patient access.
  • FUSE: is led by Cardinal health and integrates engineers with medical professionals and digital design experts. MedSync Advantage is a web-based in-house developed tool focused on pharmacists for medical synchronization to simplify patient prescription fulfillment.
  • The Innovation lab: is the child of AARP with a passion for health, wealth, and self.  The Embleema platform allows rare disease patients to own and share their data. Ianacare, based in Boston, is a platform to enable caregiver coordination. Community Connections launched in March of 2020 addresses social isolation facing seniors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This powerful platform helps community members receive emotional, financial, and physical support.

After reading all the fantastic innovation lab stories and learning of the new partnerships happening today, I came to a single determination; we still care about the patient.

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Peter is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience, dedicated to driving innovation, digital transformation, leadership, and data in business. He helps organizations connect strategy to execution to maximize company performance. He has been recognized for Digital Innovation by CIO 100, MIT Sloan, Computerworld, and the Project Management Institute. As Managing Director at OROCA Innovations, Peter leads the CXO advisory services practice, driving digital strategies. Peter was honored as an MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist in 2015 and is a regular contributor to CIO.com on innovation. Peter has led businesses through complex changes, including the adoption of data-first approaches for portfolio management, lean six sigma for operational excellence, departmental transformations, process improvements, maximizing team performance, designing new IT operating models, digitizing platforms, leading large-scale mission-critical technology deployments, product management, agile methodologies, and building high-performance teams. As Chief Information Officer, Peter was responsible for Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange’s (HIX) industry-leading digital platform transforming consumerism and retail-oriented services for the health insurance industry. Peter championed the Connecticut marketplace digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile application recognized as a 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award finalist, CIO 100, and awards for best digital services, API, and platform. He also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation, honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. Peter is the author of Learning Intelligence: Expand Thinking. Absorb Alternative. Unlock Possibilities (2017), which Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Triggers, calls "a must-read for any leader wanting to compete in the innovation-powered landscape of today." Peter also authored The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare: How Blockchain Will Ignite The Future of Healthcare (2017), the first book to explore the vast opportunities for blockchain to transform the patient experience. Peter has a B.S. in C.I.S from Bentley University and an MBA from Quinnipiac University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He earned his PMP® in 2001 and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Masters in Business Relationship Management (MBRM) and Certified Scrum Master. As a Commercial Rated Aviation Pilot and Master Scuba Diver, Peter understands first hand, how to anticipate change and lead boldly.