MaineHealth Innovation is celebrating two years of supporting care team members across the healthcare system who have developed new solutions to unmet care needs in their communities. “The Spark: Celebrating Innovation at MaineHealth,” a virtual celebration on Wednesday, June 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature a series of panel discussions examining how MaineHealth teams are developing ideas to shape the future of healthcare in areas such as emergency medicine, primary care, pediatrics, women’s health and patient experience.
“Innovation takes many forms and can come from anywhere,” said Susan Ahern, vice president of innovation at MaineHealth, in a press release. “Members of the healthcare team came up with ideas ranging from a reinvented patient gown to devices to improve surgical outcomes to creating local workforce development programs. We are excited to share their stories and inspire more creative thinkers.
MaineHealth Innovation helps members of the healthcare team turn their ideas into products, services or models of care in a variety of ways. Programs such as the Innovation Cohort guide healthcare professionals through the science of innovation and help develop the skills needed to engage in user discovery, prototyping, and intellectual property considerations.
The Innovation team also provides innovators with expertise and business connections through its intellectual property and business development committees, and provides financial support through its $20,000 Ignite and $100,000 Bonfire funds.
“Innovation is critical to our ability to transform care and achieve our vision of working together to make our communities the healthiest in America,” said MaineHealth CEO Andy Mueller, MD. “I have been thrilled to see how the culture of innovation has grown at MaineHealth over the past two years.”
MaineHealth innovators filed 11 patents and launched five programs in 2020 and 2021. In addition, MaineHealth invested $337,000 in innovation projects and helped care team members secure $93,000 in funds external during this period.
“The Spark: Celebrating Innovation at MaineHealth” is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to register or to find out more.
About Maine Health:
MaineHealth is an integrated nonprofit health system whose vision is “Working together to make our communities the healthiest in America.” It consists of nine local health systems, a comprehensive behavioral health care network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and 1,700 employed providers working together through the MaineHealth Medical Group. With approximately 22,000 employees, MaineHealth provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents of Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH, Mid Coast -Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland, and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He is also a major player in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.