Accelerators in Health Care Game

Think inside the box.  Created by the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, Accelerators in Health Care (AHC) leverages the power of analogies and constraints to help teams generate innovative solutions for some of the toughest challenges in health care.  How might you increase organ donors as Mary Poppins would? What if your solution had to leverage artificial intelligence?

After cycling through stages of co-creation and pitching to one another to determine the winning idea, players leave the game with enhanced skills for ideation and a deeper understanding of innovation methodology.

Health care professionals from around the nation have played this game including:

  • Executives looking to increase innovative thinking in their organization
  • Quality improvement staff hoping to broaden solutions for a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle
  • Health care students seeking to learn more about innovation methodology   

Learn more about how the game works and purchasing options on the tabs to the right.

The game is played with 3 - 8 players.  Innovators leverage Accelerator Cards to develop novel solutions for problems presented on Challenge Cards while trying to avoid Monkey Wrenches from opponents.  After rapid-fire pitches, the Judge determines a winner for the round.  First Innovator to seven points wins the game. 

Challenge Cards

Health care is full of complex and seemingly intractable issues. Challenge Cards pose a variety of problems to players.  Can you improve access to specialists for rural patients? Can you make it easy for patients with high blood pressure to adhere to their medication?

Accelerator Cards

How would you solve postpartum depression if you operated like IKEA? How might you tackle long emergency room wait times if you were Warren Buffet? Accelerator cards challenge players to create and apply entirely new kinds of solutions!

Monkey Wrench Cards

We all know that best-laid plans rarely unfold as intended. Whether it’s dealing with an IS freeze or staff turnover, a shoestring budget or resistance to change – there’s always a monkey wrench to work around!  AHC allows Judges to sabotage pitched ideas by dealing out Monkey Wrench Cards. Can you think quickly and adapt your idea? Only one idea can come out on top!

Employee discounts

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia employees have access to discounted prices. Simply create an account using your work email address to purchase single box sets for $50 and 5-set bundles for $250.  Click here to create an account.

Single Box Set (Price: $150)

Each single box set includes 30 Challenge Cards, 65 Accelerator Cards, 20 Monkey Wrench Cards, a sand timer, directions, and 17 winner tokens.

5-Set Bundle (Price: $600) 

Purchase five individual sets of the game for the price of four and save $150.

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Want your staff to become innovation experts? Let us facilitate an innovation workshop for your team. Our innovation experts will lead you through Accelerators in Health Care gameplay and share insights on how to bring ideas to life.  Fill out the form below to receive a quote for your event.

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