The HITS team partnered with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) on the Health Innovation Partnership Program (HIPP). The purpose of the program was two-fold. The team trained selected staff on best practice simulation training and the process of design thinking for innovation. Those staff who became trained in simulation techniques will continue to consult with HITS simulation staff on an as needed basis.
These innovation champions then worked closely with the HITS team to move through the innovation process and dissect common problems and identify solutions to the “real” problems. After the year long process, the ETCH innovation champions proposed three solutions to real every day problems to the corporate suite administration of the hospital. HITS will continue to work with the innovative champions as they progress.