Penn Experts Call For The 'Insourcing' of Health Care Innovation

Penn Experts Call For The 'Insourcing' of Health Care Innovation

Physicians and Nurses Should Define Problems and Lead Innovation Thinking

LDI Senior Fellows David Asch, Christian Terwiesch and Kevin Mahoney's New England Journal of Medicine article on the "insourcing" of health care innovation is the subject of an article in Medical News Today and a post on the LDI Blog.

In their NEJM piece, Asch, the Executive Director; Mahoney, the co-director; and Terwiesch, a member of the steering committee of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation suggest that health care institutions should enlist their own physicians and nurses to
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David Asch and Christian Terwiesch of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

define the problems and lead the thinking that results in cost-saving, quality-improving innovations.

Looking to outsiders
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and its emphasis on the comprehensive reform of long-established health care delivery and financing systems, many health providers have looked to outside corporations in completely different fields to provide innovation guidance.

"Management gurus and experts from other industries can lend tremendously valuable expertise, "Asch told Medical News Today, “but it's the physicians and nurses who combine the passion and the knowledge necessary to move ideas into implementation and testing, where the real value lies."

Asch, MD, MBA, is Professor of both Medicine and Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, and of Health Care Management in The Wharton School. Terwiesch, PhD, is a Wharton School Professor of Operations and Management, and Co-Director for Wharton's Mack Institute for Innovation Management. Mahoney is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Perelman School of Medicine.