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Open innovation networks are one key to improved care
Date:9/23/2009

CINCINNATI - Fostering innovation to speed the improvement of health care is the goal of an $8.3 million grant to researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

"The system of providing care for the chronically ill is broken," says Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, co-Principal Investigator of the project. "What we aim to do, building on our previous successes, is to create a totally new system of providing care through widespread collaboration."

This ambitious undertaking, dubbed a "collaborative clinical care network," is modeled after collaborative innovation networks, cyberteams of self-motivated individuals with a collective vision, enabled by the Web to achieve a common goal by sharing ideas, information, and work.

COINs are not new -- collective intelligence has existed at least since humans learned to hunt in groups. The Internet, though, has allowed COINs to deliver greater potential, with Wikipedia, Linux, and the World Wide Web Consortium itself prominent examples.

Collaborative innovation networks are, however, new to chronic illness care. While many doctors and patients use the Web to search for and find health information, existing health-related social networks separate patients from providers, despite the fact that patient-provider interaction is key to chronic illness care.

"Everyone wants better health for kids, and everyone involved has stories about road blocks to better care," said Michael Seid, PhD, the other co-PI on the project funded by the National Institutes of Health. "We aim to harness doctors,' nurses,' and patients' inherent motivation to improve and the collective intelligence represented by all parties."

"We are building a way to bring patients and providers together and give them the tools they need to collaborate to improve care and outcomes."

The $8.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health is part of $348 million awarded Sept. 24, 2009 to "encourage investigators t
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Contact: Thomas McCormally
thomas.mccormally@cchmc.org
513-636-9682
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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