As executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, David Asch, MD, MBA, PhD, enjoys an up-close view of an abundance of ideas for improving health care delivery and accessibility. The ideas usually have two things in common. First, they represent a significant opportunity to improve health care as currently delivered. Second, they need a little “lift and push” from innovation experts to reach fruition. That’s where the Center for Health Care Innovation comes in.
The Center, inspired by Kevin Mahoney, UPHS’s chief administrative officer, comprises more than two dozen staff members with backgrounds ranging from medicine to behavioral economics and operations management. Its mission is to promote “the rapid, disciplined development, testing, and implementation of new strategies to reimagine health care delivery.”