Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

About MI2

Chartered in 2009 by MedStar Health President and CEO Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) has as its mission to catalyze innovation that advances health. MI2 also has a mantra: “Think Differently,” reflecting the core belief that innovation—which is about doing differently—always starts first by thinking, seeing, and understanding the world in different ways than before.

Led by Mark S. Smith, MD, director of MI2 and chief innovation officer of MedStar Health, MI2 has developed capabilities in the following areas to help further MedStar’s vision of being the trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health.

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Catalyzing innovation energy at MedStar by inspiring and equipping associates to unlock their potential

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Developing deep technical capabilities—often in the "white space" where others have not gone before

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Engaging outside collaborators, including startups, to apply new ideas and innovative approaches to care for people and advance health

MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare promotes a safer and more efficient healthcare environment through four core services of safety science advisement and consultation to MedStar, research, usability, and education. The Human Factors Center is currently supported by four active multi-year Research Project Grant (R01) awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MI2 Greenhouse

The MI2 Greenhouse provides a temporary home for startup clinical and operational initiatives that will be important to MedStar’s future. Currently being “greenhoused” at MI2 are the MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center, the MedStar Pharmacogenomics Initiative, and the MedStar FHIR Data Science Initiative.

MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab

The MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) deploys a blended learning model of interactive online training, 3D virtual simulation, and hands-on, high-fidelity simulations for all MedStar associates. The first accredited simulation training center in the District of Columbia and Maryland, MedStar SiTEL is one of only 40 fully accredited centers in the United States.

Innovation Ventures

Innovation Ventures engages outside startup and scaleup companies with new ideas, products, and services that represent innovative approaches to help MedStar better serve its patients. MedStar has made a broad commitment to actively support innovation and startup entrepreneurs in the community and strengthen the local innovation ecosystem.

MedStar Inventor Services

MedStar Inventor Services works with MedStar associates to transform their innovative ideas and discoveries into commercial products. And for smaller scale ideas, the MInnovations Marketplace is a hub of mini-innovations that advance health care and improve the patient and family experience.

Innovation Challenges

MI2 co-hosts innovation challenges with MedStar’s service departments as a way to access all the great creative and innovative ideas from MedStar associates across the MedStar enterprise.

MedStar Innovation Forum

MI2 holds an annual innovation forum in the fall, open to all MedStar associates. Its goal is to provide a day away from the “tyranny of the daily” by offering a program that stretches the mind, changes the frame, and provides attendees with lasting tools for new ways of looking at the world. This signature event convenes hundreds of the brightest minds within the MedStar system to provide fresh perspectives on innovation, a variety of presentations designed to inspire and excite, and facilitated discussions aimed at catalyzing innovation and encouraging networking.

Influence Center

MI2 recognizes that innovation is more than new technology and new business models. It is also about the relational dimension—ways of generating positive behavior, enhancing the patient experience, creating stronger relationships, improving communication, and producing feelings of satisfaction and engagement. The Influence Center provides consultations to MedStar departments that seek assistance in those areas.

MedStar Innovation and Design (MIND) Lab and MedStar Innovates

The MI2 team operates the MedStar Innovation and Design (MIND) Lab and MedStar Innovates, which serve as venues for creativity, collaboration, and curiosity at MedStar Health. Conveniently located off the main lobby of the MedStar Corporate Offices in Columbia, MD, the MIND Lab is an innovative space for MedStar associates and visitors to see, think, and work differently. MedStar Innovates is the digital platform for the MIND Lab and is available to MedStar associates anywhere, anytime. The platform is being shared with entities on a rolling basis through 2020. Contact [email protected] to learn more.