MedStar Institute for Innovation |Advance Health Care Services | MedStar Health

Catalyze innovation that advances health

The MedStar Institute for Innovation explores, builds, and scales new ideas that shape the future success of MedStar Health. For more than a decade, we have advanced health by thinking differently and igniting innovation, helping MedStar Health remain a trusted leader in caring for our patients and the communities we serve. Our operating framework, innovation approach, exceptional team and collaborators, and innovation culture make this possible.

Operating framework

The MedStar Institute for Innovation drives sustained value from innovation by pursuing the highest-impact ideas and solutions within our system and beyond. Our operating framework for serving MedStar Health is comprised of four main components that share resources and capabilities to maximize efficiency and results:

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Innovation at Scale

Run innovation operations in education, telehealth, and wellbeing

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Explore and build innovation capabilities, services, and solutions

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Innovation Incubator

Grow model and impact of emerging innovation programs

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Innovation Initiatives

Address strategic innovation priorities for institute/system

Operations and innovation at scale

3 gears-icon.svgMedStar Institute for Innovation holds systemwide operational responsibilities in the following areas due to the extent of continuing innovation in these domains:

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MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL)

MedStar Health SiTEL innovates, creates, and delivers dynamic interactive online training, virtual and hands-on high-fidelity simulations, and continuing professional education (CPE) products.

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MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center

The MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center provides centralized connected care operational support, infrastructure, subject matter expertise, and new implementations at MedStar Health.

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MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing

The MedStar Health Center for Wellbeing supports MedStar Health associates and providers in achieving optimal health, professional fulfillment, and quality of life.

Innovation labs

Icon of a moleculeOur innovation labs collaboratively explore and build capabilities, services, and solutions in support of innovation initiatives, MedStar Health operations, and strategic partnerships.

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Business Innovation Lab

Striving to deliver unique, mutual value, the Business Innovation Lab sparks novel collaborations through its venture and inventor services.

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Care Innovation Lab

Reflecting our inherent desire to improve patients’ lives and our own work, the Care Innovation Lab creates a dynamic, collaborative environment to pursue new approaches to care and clinical workflows across the care continuum.

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Information Innovation Lab

Understanding that information is the fabric and foundation of everything we do in health care, the Information Innovation Lab creates information solutions and infrastructure that advance health and the healthcare experience for patients and providers.

Innovation incubator

microscope iconThe incubator provides an initial home for startup clinical and operational programs crucially important to the future of health care and supports them with the resources and positioning of the MedStar Institute for Innovation.

MedStar Health Pharmacogenomics (PGx) and Genetic Medicine

The MedStar Health Pharmacogenomics (PGx) and Genetic Medicine program brings the role of genetics more deliberately to the forefront of our care delivery model. The team conducts research into the way individuals’ genetic makeup affects drug response. This program leads efforts across the system to integrate relevant learning into patient care.

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Innovation initiatives

progress chart iconOur priority innovation initiatives are informed by MedStar Health’s strategy and greatest needs, as well as breakthrough technologies and trends. Examples of current focus areas include care at home, connected care, credentialing transformation, nursing innovation, and more.

Innovation approach

Our innovation approach is centered on an explore, build, and scale model. Our team zeroes in on MedStar Health’s greatest innovation priorities and possibilities—and then pursues and implements solutions.

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Understand ideas, challenges, and solutions, grounded within the context of MedStar Health

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Prototype novel ideas and solutions to generate learning, evaluate efficacy, and demonstrate value

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Launch ideas and solutions within and beyond the system to deliver sustained business value from innovation

Leadership and operations

The MedStar Institute for Innovation was chartered in 2009 by MedStar Health President and CEO Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE. With innovation serving as one of MedStar Health’s values, our team and collaborators tackle some of the most transformative opportunities and challenges in health care.