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What is the Innovation Engine?

The Innovation Engine is focused on healthcare innovation and accelerating the transformation for Atrium Health with the goal of improving care for all.

The Innovation Engine has four areas of focus – or pistons:

  • Employing human-centered design methods to inform strategy and approach.
  • Leading business model innovation to develop new models of care.
  • Forming strategic partnerships with tech startups, Fortune 500 companies and other health systems to build and test solutions.
  • Generating alternative revenue source by commercializing solutions outside of our healthcare organization.

Our Methodology

Through human-centered design and other methodologies, the Innovation Engine focuses on what will create future value for the organization and our consumers:

  • Disruptive innovation: From helping develop new services for non-consumers of healthcare, to developing cost-efficient solutions to expand existing markets, Innovation Engine focuses on creating new business models to meet emerging consumer needs.
  • Design thinking sessions: Our human-centered design thinking approaches help participants and stakeholders identify better solutions to tough problems more quickly.
  • Intentional Serendipity: We take a focused, deliberate approach to learning from other leaders within and outside of our industry, creating the perfect environment for discoveries and breakthroughs.
  • Lean start-up: We incorporate lean start-up approaches, including the business model canvas and hypothesis testing to accelerate the innovation process.
  • Jobs to be done: Inspired by The Re-Wired Group’s approach to solving problems by understanding why a customer “hires” a particular product or service, we are able to get at the deepest consumer insights to create new offerings built around them.
  • Catalyst program: This program trains teammates the human-centered design process with the goal of exponentially increasing innovation understanding and methodologies throughout Atrium Health – especially in places where the Innovation Engine isn’t.

Get Innovation Resources

Get access to our innovation resources, including our design thinking session guides and templates, jobs to be done guidebook and more.

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