Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Clinical Innovation - Physician Innovator’s Conference

I’m not in the habit of promoting conferences, but I ran across one which I can’t resist talking about. My fascination grows out of a book I wrote on innovation-driven care and a daily blog I maintain on the subject of innovation. I am also much taken by examples of physician leaders developing new innovations.

The spirit of innovation differentiates the U.S from other nations. Innovation is something over which physicians have more control than government or health plan rules, regulations, and mandates, which are notably bereft of innovation. Furthermore, innovation is a fruitful area for physician leadership in developing less costly, more convenient, and better care.

On November 9, 2007, The Patient and Family Centered Workshop Series, sponsored by the AMD3 Education and Research Foundation and The Innovation Center, Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will sponsor “The Innovator’s Conference” at the Heberman Conference Center at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh. The cost is $200 for standard registration for non-UPMC employees,

Speaker will talk of the next generation of medical and surgical techniques to improve health care delivery. The purpose is to develop innovative solutions to support patients and family centered care. “Only then,” says the brochure, “ will innovations benefit patients, their families, physicians, allied health professionals, staff, hospitals and the business community.

This conference, and similar orthopedic-based and surgery-based conferences preceding it, are the brainchild of Anthony M. DiGioia, MD, an adjunct professor at UPMC, who has pioneered techniques in robotic surgery, minimal invasive surgery, and computer- assisted surgery.

Innovation will, Dr. DiGioia, believes;

• Change the way we deliver care
• Improve the way we perform surgery and medical interventions
• Enable value-added competition.

For more information, go to or call 1-866-232-9499.

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