The Innovation Accelerator Program is designed to support faculty and staff from across Penn Medicine in their efforts to develop, test, and implement new approaches to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.
Winning teams receive:
- Mentorship: Teams are matched with an Innovation Advisor and attend a series of workshops to learn high-impact methods for rapidly validating solutions
- Funding: Teams have access to up to $10,000 to test and develop their concepts in phase one
- Recognition: At the end of each cycle, teams present to health system leadership for the opportunity to receive additional investment to take their ideas to scale
The 2017 Innovation Accelerator class is co-sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, supporting their priority of enabling high-value care delivery models.
Supporting Older Adults at Risk (SOAR)
Traditionally, older hospitalized adults are discharged when medically stable and once post-discharge care is organized. This approach causes patients to stay in the hospital beyond what is medically necessary waiting for services to be arranged. This delay compromises patient safety and overall health status and leads to increased hospital cost. The SOAR project aims to test a transitional care model with strong prior evidence of improved outcomes that “flips” assessment of post-discharge needs to the home setting, moving patients to home sooner with care and support that keeps them safe upon earlier discharge.
Team lead: Rebecca Trotta, PhD, RN, Director of Nursing Research and Science
Penn Medicine Virtual Care
Studies have shown that telemedicine video visits can increase provider capacity, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. However, the state of Pennsylvania does not have telemedicine parity reimbursement law. The Penn Medicine Virtual Care project aims to test a self-pay concierge service model for telemedicine video visits in partnership with Independence Blue Cross. The goal is to prove that evaluation and management services can be completed through video visits for the right clinical use cases while enhancing access and establishing a solid business model.
Team lead: Janice Hillman, MD, PENNCare Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Penn Medicine at Radnor
Advanced Heart Care at Home
Heart failure (HF) is projected to affect more than 8 million people from 2012 to 2030. The costs associated with HF are approximately $30.7 billion annually, a large proportion of which is accumulated as patients approach the end of life. The care of HF patients during end of life is suboptimal in comparison to other populations, and there are high rates of hospitalization. Inadequate and lack of timely symptom management results in emergency department (ED) visits and readmissions. The Advanced Heart Care at Home team is developing a heart failure program to improve symptom management for advanced heart failure patients, facilitate teamwork among palliative care and cardiology providers, and increase more timely referrals to hospice.
Team leads: Nina O'Connor, MD, Chief of Hospice and Palliative Care, Penn Medicine and Esther Pak, MD, Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations are associated with high morbidity and significant short-term mortality. Nationally, inpatient treatment for COPD exacerbations accounts for approximately 13 billion dollars in direct costs. Approximately 20% of patients admitted to the hospital with COPD are readmitted within 30 days, and it’s estimated that 10-50% of readmissions may be preventable. The BreatheBetterTogether team is working to develop a multidisciplinary cost-effective transitional care program for COPD patients. The program will include evidence-based interventions targeting high-risk hospitalized patients who are discharged to home.
- IMPaCT, establishing a sustainable and exportable business model for an evidence-based CHW model for care
- ARRTE, monitoring follow-up on radiologic findings using an informatics application
- Teledermatology, increasing access to improve patient outcomes
- Teqqa, generating real-time antibiograms to limit antimicrobial resistance
- Care Management for VAD patients, exploring how self-testing can improve patient outcomes