Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Innovation Learning Network

The Innovation Learning Network (ILN) was first established by Kaiser Permanente in 2006 to “foster discussion on the methods and application of innovation/diffusion, ignite the transfer of ideas, and provide opportunities for inter-organizational collaboration.” It evolved into an organizational-based membership network now made up of nearly 40 healthcare systems, health foundations, safety net providers, design innovation firms, and tech companies. The basic goal is to share and learn together to make healthcare better through innovation and design. Members include the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT), UCLA Health System, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Health Design, and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.

The ILN provides 3 main avenues for collaboration:

  • Virtual Sessions: Twice a month ILN holds hour-long “Virtual Thursday” webinars to highlight an innovation or prototype and the “innovation journey”.
  • In-Person Meetings: These are work meetings where innovators learn skills and methods to push their thinking forward, and where lasting relationships are forged with other like-minded innovators.
  • Collabaratives: Small, self-organizing project groups that come together around a shared interest in a content area such as Personal Health Records, Ambulatory of the Future, CareAnyWhere and Innovation Culture & Competencies.

MedStar Health associates can join this virtual community of innovative healthcare organizations across the country. Associates can sign up for free (using their MedStar Health email) and participate in interest groups, create discussions through the ILN forum, connect with people in other member organizations, and attend webinars on different healthcare innovation topics.


Partnership Activities

On May 20-22 2014, the MedStar Institute for Innovation, along with the Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health, and the Military Health System’s Office of the Chief Innovation Officer co-hosted an ILN InPerson meeting in Washington DC. The focus on this meeting was on Embracing Complexity and understanding the simple rules that will help overcome the status quo.

On the evening of May 21, a reception was held at the Campus of MedStar Health’s partner 1776, where attendees had an opportunity to hear pitches from a number of 1776’s entrepreneurs while continuing to network with each other.

MI2 provided a large substantive contribution to the program, showcasing internal MedStar Health talent including Paul Plsek, Ed Tori, and Mark Smith. In addition, MI2 arranged for Joshua Epstein PhD, a Santa Fe Institute Fellow, to speak on the practical application of agent-based modeling in a healthcare setting. The meeting also featured a number of options for Innovation Safaris around Washington, DC in order for attendees to see innovation and design in action, not just in healthcare, but in general (for possible application to healthcare):

  • Capital Bikeshare - Technology to change the way we move, for health
  • NPR Headquarters - Disrupting broadcasting, building for health
  • Financial health and behavior change at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (NICOE)
  • ONC Blue Button - Empoweirng patients with their electronic health record information (SafariBlueButton)
  • OPOWER - Leveraging the latest behavior change science to transform energy consumption (OPOWER)
  • Uniformed Services University (USU) Simulation Center (USUSIM)
  • MedStar Health’s Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)
  • The Bridge to ER One at MedStar Washington Hospital Center