CHIEF White Paper – Enterprise Innovation

CHIEF White Paper – Enterprise Innovation: The Current Landscape of Innovation in the Canadian Healthcare System- In the rapidly evolving field of healthcare delivery, organizations are faced with challenges as they navigate using traditional enterprise models for innovation solutions paired with clinical innovations. The payoffs for coupling enterprise and clinical innovation to create a solution that makes a scalable and lasting impact are great, as technology has become an increasingly important component of healthcare delivery, one that can improve patient care and outcomes.

Enterprise innovation is the practice of identifying significant, positive change and introducing it in the enterprise environment. Organizations are now shifting away from traditional definitions and models for recognizing and advancing innovation within their own enterprise and starting to tackle the concept of enterprise innovation on multiple levels. New missions, goals, and barriers exist within organizations today, and, with innovation no longer being limited to individual entities, an opportunity exists to create and maintain varying partnerships of like-minded people.

The CHIEF Enterprise Innovation Executive Forum Working Group has come together to define what innovation encompasses, present the current Canadian landscape for enterprise innovation, and identify the factors that promote successful innovation and the barriers that impede enterprise innovation. The paper will set out to provide research that supports new concepts within the field of enterprise innovation in healthcare, in the hopes that organizations that tackle these complex issues will be well equipped to spearhead change and bring innovation to the forefront.

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This paper is the outcome of the Digital Health Canada CHIEF Executive Forum ‘Enterprise Innovation’ Working Group. Production of this paper would not have been possible without the participation of the following people, whose help is gratefully acknowledged here.

  • Blair White, Vice President, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
  • Catherine Hunter, Partner, PWC Canada
  • Cindy Draycott, Senior Advisor, Women’s College Hospital
  • Damian Jankowicz, VP, Information Management, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Glen Geiger, Chief Medical Information Officer Staff Physician, General Internal Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Jan Walker, Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and CIO, West Park Healthcare Centre
  • Kyle Schilke, Account Executive, Amazon Web Services
  • Leon Salvail, President & CEO, Gevity Consulting Inc.
  • Lyndon Dubeau, Vice President of Technology Services, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Mari Teitelbaum, VP Provincial Programs & CIO, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
  • Mark Nenadovic, Group Director, ACCESS Health, Canada Health Infoway
  • Mark Rajack, Project Director Partnerships and Innovation, Niagara Health System
  • Mary Lou Ackerman, Vice President Innovation, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Richard Tam, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mackenzie Health
  • Scott McMillan, President, Cercle Group
  • Sime Pavlovic, CIO, Niagara Health System
  • Ted Scott, Vice President Research & Chief Innovation Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
  • Tim Murphy, Vice President, Health Innovation, Alberta Innovates

Emerging Professionals

  • Julie Zasada, Operations Business Analyst & Trainer, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Kirat Klair, Project Analyst, Ontario Medical Association
  • Nadisha Xavier, Project Analyst, University Health Network