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.

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. Explore our Case Studies for examples of our teams in action. 

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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 Simulation Training & Education Lab

The MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) creates and deploys a blended learning model of interactive online training, virtual and hands-on high-fidelity simulation, and continuing professional education (CPE) products used at MedStar Health and by healthcare organizations in more than 40 states. It is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the American College of Surgeons, and Joint Accreditation for CPE.

Case Studies: Explore how SiTEL helped prepare clinicians from other specialties to work in the ICU if the need arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Case Studies: Explore offerings from the MedStar FHIR Data Science Initiative.

MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center

The MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center (MTIC) was established in March 2017 to expand upon years of foundational telehealth work at MedStar Health/MI2. MTIC supports and coordinates telehealth activities across MedStar Health by providing telehealth infrastructure, best practices, subject matter expertise, project implementation, and programmatic operational support—at system scale.

Case Studies: Explore how MTIC and its partners drove the launch of MedStar Health Video Visits, rapidly scaled MedStar eVisit, reinvented pre-pandemic teletriage work, and supported behavioral health transformation via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Translational Innovation

MI2’s translational innovation efforts support MedStar in identifying, vetting, and structuring engagement with startup and scale-up companies to help MedStar tackle difficult issues and problems while creating essential future-facing capabilities through new technologies, alternative business models, and novel collaborations.

MedStar Inventor Services

MedStar Inventor Services works with MedStar associates to transform their innovative ideas and discoveries into commercial products.

Case Studies: Explore mini innovations created by and for MedStar associates through the MInnovations Marketplace, powered by MedStar Inventor Services and its partners.

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.

Case Studies: Explore an innovation challenge that invited associate ideas to improve MedStar Health Emergency Department experiences.

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.

Case Studies: Explore the Not So Difficult Conversations professional development course providing tools to enable participants to better handle crucial discussions.

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 Health associates and visitors to see, think, and work differently. MedStar Innovates is the digital platform for the MIND Lab and is available to MedStar Health associates anywhere, anytime. The platform is being shared with entities on a rolling basis through 2020. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Key Collaborator

MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

Founded within MI2, the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare grew out of the MI2 Greenhouse and, as of July 2020, moved to its new organizational home in the MedStar Health Research Institute. Given the success and evolution of its work to promote a safer and more efficient healthcare environment, the Human Factors Center remains deeply integrated with, and shares a location with, MI2 as part of the Advancing Health family at MedStar Health.

Case Studies: Explore examples of the Human Factors Center’s work on cognitive engineering and acute care; patient safety data and innovation; sepsis decision support; and an EHR heart risk calculator when the Center was part of MI2.


Learn About Our Residency Program

Read about the MedStar Health administrative residency in
innovation and emergency medicine, as well as the past residents.