Advancing health and health care through cooperative projects
The Roundtable’s Innovation Collaboratives engage key stakeholders with similar interests and field responsibilities in cooperative activities to advance science and value in health and health care. These ad hoc convening activities amplify the Roundtable’s aim to foster sector information sharing and cooperation in accelerating the evolution of a continuously learning health system, and progress on findings highlighted in prior IOM reports of mutual priority. Innovation Collaboratives currently support activities in five overlapping and complementary areas:
Best Practices. Health professional societies and organizations brought together by their common interest in fostering evidence-based best practices, including team care and shared decision making.
Innovative research scientists and institutions—public, private and academic—working to improve research methods, identify priorities, and stimulate innovation.
Digital Learning. Care delivery and health information technology organizations using digital tools to accelerate the effectiveness and efficiency of care, and the real-time development of new knowledge.
Evidence Communication. Marketing experts and decision scientists developing communication strategies that improve health outcomes through more effective use of evidence in the shared decisions of patients and their clinicians.
Systems Approaches for Health. Medical, engineering, and IT leaders fostering joint projects aimed at eliminating patient injury using successful systems approaches to care improvement and research evaluation.
. Health financing and healthcare organizations working to design, develop, test, and evaluate innovative approaches to economic and professional incentives that reward value.
Participation. Employing an inclusive, “collaborative without walls” approach—balanced with practicality around individual projects—these convening activities bring together stakeholders with mutual interests to harness their substantial talent and expertise in the identification and development of cooperative efforts most practical and strategic to field advancement.
Activities. Projects of the Innovation Collaboratives are participant identified, driven, and supported, with facilitation by Roundtable staff. They vary in structure and content to meet the needs of specific issues and challenges. Some focus on identifying issues of common interest and marshaling needed leadership, expertise and resources; others aim at cooperative development of tools needed for progress; and others seek to highlight strategies, through individually authored literature summaries, technical discussions, and cooperative issue reviews. Certain activities lead to proposals for formal workshops and studies for consideration by the IOM and the Academies.
Approach. Collaborative activities are both informational and project focused. Projects are participant generated and supported, IOM staff facilitated, and participant executed and “owned.” Products are ascribed to the engaged individuals. They are not products of the IOM or the National Academies. Endorsement and use is at the discretion of individual organizations.