Avera Health Complex

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them that I work for a unique healthcare incubator. I’m the Innovation Lab’s “boots on the ground” at Avera Health. I’m here to help enhance and grow the culture of innovation through the system, which includes hospitals, clinics and other healthcare services across four states in the Upper Midwest.

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During this past year, which has been dramatically shaped by our response to the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers demonstrated they could push through stress, pain and untold human suffering to find better ways to care for others. Their collective creativity and innovation has been phenomenal, leading to: faster, more efficient supply chains for critical equipment and…

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By their very nature, pandemics stress healthcare networks, as providers are constantly adapting to new best practices that drive quality patient care. In the case of COVID-19, the challenge of providing preventative, acute and chronic treatment has been complicated by the risk of respiratory spread. The obvious solution? Telehealth, where secure video capabilities allow for…

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By Jerry McPhail, Vice President of Operations, Petra Designing for effective infection control in healthcare facilities has to begin with an understanding of how infections spread, where the high-risk areas are in a facility and the operational and logistical need of the staff, patients and visitors. There are a multitude of operational considerations to include…

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A pandemic can’t hold great ideas and solutions at bay, especially when it comes to improving healthcare for young patients. In fact, the coronavirus environment is generating a new slate of tough challenges to solve if we’re to successfully navigate today’s world. Getting to the right answers is about creating an opportunity for smart people…

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For two decades, Dr. Harry Bayron and Neil Winthrop worked to reimagine a safer ventilator valve so providers could easily treat patients and protect everyone in the room. Then came a chance online mention of the Innovation Lab – and the novel coronavirus pandemic. Bayron, a retired pediatric cardiologist, and Winthrop, a respiratory therapist, had long tinkered with…

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It’s no surprise that the culture for healthcare is one that is averse to taking risk, but we need innovation to transform and improve patient care Joe Randolph, Industry Voice In healthcare, physicians are trained to follow protocols, use evidence-based medicine, standardize processes and eliminate variation.  Any variation in care delivery that results in a…

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The formation of an asset management firm, Healthcare Technology Group (HTG), was announced by The Innovation Institute and Tech Knowledge Associates (TKA), its subsidiary specializing in full-risk health care technology management. Drawing from decades of service and experience, HTG aims to reinvent and simplify the concept of medical equipment management. HTG will be led by…

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Announce Steve Cannon as president and CEO The Innovation Institute and Tech Knowledge Associates (TKA) have formed Healthcare Technology Group (HTG), an asset management firm. Drawing from decades of service and experience, HTG aims to reinvent and simplify the concept of medical equipment management.   HTG will be led by Steve Cannon as president and CEO. Cannon has a long and distinguished…

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La Palma, Calif. – The formation of an asset management firm, Healthcare Technology Group (HTG), was announced today by The Innovation Institute and Tech Knowledge Associates (TKA), its subsidiary specializing in full-risk health care technology management. Drawing from decades of service and experience, HTG aims to reinvent and simplify the concept of medical equipment management. …

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MultiCare Health System announced today a partnership with the Innovation Institute to advance its efforts to creatively address health care issues. This collaboration will provide the clinical teams and staff at MultiCare with new resources to support innovation to improve health care, reduce costs, and enhance and save lives. MultiCare entered into the agreement with the Innovation…

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By Jackie Drees   Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System is partnering with The Innovation Institute to implement a program focused on creating new medical devices and products to improve patient experiences.   MultiCare tapped The Innovation Institute, which serves as a medical device incubator for experts to develop new healthcare ideas and build prototypes, to assist with…

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Orange County, CA & Pierce County, WA – MultiCare Health System announced today a partnership with The Innovation Institute to advance its efforts to creatively address health care issues.  This collaboration will provide the clinical teams and staff at MultiCare with new resources to support innovation to improve health care, reduce costs, and enhance and…

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(San Rafael, CA) – Jim Finkelstein, President, CEO and Founder, FutureSense, LLC; and Dr. Stephanie Mills, President, inHealth Strategies, LLC, announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership. “The ability to partner with cutting-edge innovation to assist our clients and our team in navigating this new normal is crucial,” said Finkelstein. “We need to…

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Since 2013, the Innovation Institute has been collaborating with healthcare providers and the general public to bring new ideas to market that help transform care delivery. This year, the Institute tested out a new kind of collaboration, partnering with UCI students working on senior capstone projects. In particular, its Innovation Lab sponsored two student teams…

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By David Francoeur Federal regulators require all hospitals to track their medical equipment. The goal is modest: to ensure hospitals know what equipment they have, primarily to report and address any problems that might arise. Some hospitals think that requirement—largely met by their computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) means they know everything necessary about their equipment and…

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La Palma, Calif. — Population health solutions provider inHealth Strategies, an Innovation Institute company, has developed a new COVID-19 symptom monitoring module within their mobile app and web portal. The tool has three primary components, all with embedded algorithms based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines: The Healthy for Work Questionnaire is…

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Rock Valley, IA; and Newport Beach, Calif., – Today, Innovation Lab, a subsidiary of The Innovation Institute, announced the availability of the Wound Care Playbook, a training course for both individuals and institutions, that introduces the concept of elastic taping as an adjunct modality in the treatment of swelling, mechanical impairments and related conditions that…

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La Palma, CA – May 21, 2020 – Petra, a subsidiary of The Innovation Institute, that specializes in health care design and construction management capabilities, as well as value-added supplemental services, announced today that they are working with health care providers to help them secure FEMA reimbursements and navigate the process efficiently. Petra has over…

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Healthcare workers at Covenant are developing new face shields. The shields are made in the Arnett Room at Covenant Children’s Hospital. Caregivers who have had their units closed due to the halting of elective surgeries have been assigned to the production team. After some trial and error they were able to find a design that…

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A look at the ways in which The Innovation Institute and its community is introducing new technologies for the effort against the virus. Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute 04.28.20Overnight, our national organization, The Innovation Institute, and our family of companies have shifted and adapted to the new environment with COVID-19. The Innovation…

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St. Joseph Health:Jeremy Westkamper, BioMed director for St. Joseph & Redwood Memorial Hospitals (through Tech Knowledge Associates), is spearheading an effort to produce face shields in Humboldt. Westkamper and John Hudson, an imaging specialist in BioMed, repurposed their 3D printer in the Biomed shop so it could create the plastic headbands that attach to the…

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By Joe Randolph, President & CEO, The Innovation Institute Overnight, our national organization, The Innovation Institute and our family of companies have shifted and adapted to the new environment with COVID-19.  The Innovation Institute was launched in January 2013 with the strategic intent of focusing on innovation and growth. Today we are owned by five…

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