An Online Idea Exchange for Healthcare Innovation

Welcome! The Forum gave us a lot of exciting ideas on how to support systems that enhance innovation in healthcare – and we want to know what you think.

Which ideas will be the most successful in improving health outcomes and increasing economic development? Who should be engaged in this work? Disagree with an idea? Tell us why. Don’t see your idea? Add it.

IEI will convene a Working Group in the coming months to further explore one or more of these ideas.

What can we do to better support innnovation in the healthcare sector?

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  1. 1 vote
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    • Discuss how to transform the role of hospitals.

      Improving disease care processes in hospitals can actually lead to a decrease in the "bottom line" as patients require less care or less complex care. How can we change the role of the hospital for true healthcare?

      14 votes
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      • Develop a health care culture that values prevention as much a treatment

        Design methods to measure the cost savings from preventative health care and use those to drive policy and public/ professional awareness.

        12 votes
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        • Lead the country in healthcare data analytics

          Most of these other initiatives would require analysis of data to determine their success, but analysis depends on standardized, structured data that is accessible for analysis. Can we build collaborations in NC to set an example for the country while still protecting patient privacy?

          8 votes
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          • 20 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Admin →
            • 33 votes
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              • State obesity initiative

                Create a state initiative to bring awareness to the problem of obesity, introduce programs to reduce it, and inspire all citizens to become healthier and lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

                41 votes
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                • Redirect cost-savings

                  Create the infrastructure to fund education and healthy environments in counties that experience cost-savings from state funded health programs.

                  17 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Policy  ·  Admin →
                  • Licensing

                    Support proper licensing of healthcare providers (e.g. naturopathic physicians)

                    2 votes
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                    • Menu Labeling

                      Develop policy to require menu labeling in all NC restaurants.

                      9 votes
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                      • Regulate foods offered in school

                        Develop policies to remove unhealthy foods and drinks from K-12 schools.

                        19 votes
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                        • Sample zoning policies

                          Develop sample zoning policies that encourage healthy lifestyles and that can be implemented at the local level.

                          3 votes
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                          • Enhanced funding for healthy environments

                            Encourage the NC Department of Transportation to adopt policies that support 100% of sidewalks and add funding for greenways.

                            10 votes
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                            • Mandate K-12 obesity prevention

                              Develop a statute that identifies the curriculum components of a K-12 obesity prevention program, similar to that of state’s abstinence/sex education law.

                              15 votes
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                              • Healthcare workforce development curriculum

                                Require the NC Department of Public Instruction to develop a standardized curriculum for high school students in healthcare sector workforce development programs.

                                15 votes
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                                • Support school health programs

                                  Integrate school health programs into existing funding sources (e.g. Use part of the $400 million Race to the Top funding to support telemedicine).

                                  10 votes
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                                  • Align reimbursement rates

                                    Develop a process to align reimbursement rates (e.g. telemedicine at the same rate as an office visit, licensed acupuncture provider at the same rate as a physician with some training in acupuncture)

                                    11 votes
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                                    • Expand reimbursement for patient centered practices

                                      Develop new reimbursement opportunities for evidence-based, patient centered practices and providers (e.g. complementary and alternative medicine, behavioral health linked to physical health (integrated health) and diagnostic tests for pre-diabetes).

                                      33 votes
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                                      • Incentives that reward value

                                        Modify incentives to reward value (higher quality, lower cost, improved customer service) in purchasing healthcare services.

                                        17 votes
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                                        • Incentives for high-performance healthcare providers

                                          Develop a process to expand the number of health insurers that recognize and incent high-performance healthcare providers.

                                          7 votes
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