May 16, 2012, 4:14 AM, Posted by John R. Lumpkin
Innovation – the process of applying new thinking to old problems – is critical to improving our health care system.
On May 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its first round of Health Care Innovation Award grants to 26 organizations nationwide, including two groundbreaking initiatives that have been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Together, Project ECHO and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers funded through Cooper University Hospital will receive three-year HHS grants totaling more than $11 million to amplify their efforts to improve both the quality and affordability of health care.
In the case of both Project ECHO and the Camden Coalition, these words could not be truer.