Web site spotlight: Innovation and design thinking as a tool

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 7, 2010

Innovation and design thinking is a fascinating methodology that holds much promise for healthcare. Although other industries, such as manufacturing and telecommunications, have harnessed the power that design thinking can hold, healthcare is just beginning to truly embrace and apply some of the innovation maxims.

Utilizing the principles of design thinking with medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and the built environment, for example, has led to big payoffs in healthcare in terms of quality, access, cost reduction, and revenue generation. However, using design thinking in less tangible ways, such as with process and system design for improved patient safety, is still in the early stages.

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