Case Study: Bringing Ideas to Life: Creating a Culture of Innovation
As the nation’s first children’s hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been leading innovation in healthcare since 1855. CHOP teams have developed new treatments for the most challenging diseases, pioneered in utero surgical procedures, performed the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child, and made countless other breakthroughs that have transformed children’s lives.
In 2015, CHOP created the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (OEI) to continue this tradition of innovation and help staff at all levels of the organization bring their best ideas to life. CHOP recently spun out three stand-alone companies focusing on medical privacy (Haystack Informatics), driving safety (Diagnostic Driving) and pharmaceutical safety (Bainbridge Health), and is developing a number of digital health initiatives, including an app that allows CHOP dermatologists to diagnose and treat patients remotely. The OEI now has relationships with more than 30 external partners that are helping CHOP bring its innovations to market.
In this session, Madeline Bell, CHOP’s president and CEO, and Patrick FitzGerald, CHOP’s vice president for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, will discuss the Hospital’s efforts to foster a culture of innovation.