Clinical Innovation

Across the country, innovators in primary care are developing new, more efficient and effective ways to deliver care.  Read on to learn why trainee involvement in clinical innovation is so critical and how Primary Care Progress can help trainees learn about clinical innovation, build communities of innovators and translate their enthusiasm to changing our healthcare system today. And see innovation in action as part of our new video series, "Stories of Innovation."

Why do we need to innovate in primary care?

Current models of primary care aren’t meeting the public’s increasingly complex health care needs.  The United States spends more per capita on healthcare than any other country. Yet, millions of Americans lack access to basic primary care, quality of care is highly variable, and that care is delivered in an inefficient, unaccountable and uncoordinated manner.
Many of the challenges facing clinics are not medical problems: they're problems of communication, workflow, resource allocation, and task delegation. Primary care providers dissatisfied with the status quo have been pioneering innovations in care delivery that increase access to care, improve quality of care, provide patients with an overall better experience, and give clinicians the necessary support to do the job they love.
These innovations, and new delivery models like the Patient-Centered Medical Home, are reinvigorating and reestablishing primary care as the foundation of our healthcare system. They’re also creating an urgent need for a generation of clinician leaders versed in new concepts, language and skill sets pertinent to innovation and improvement.

How can you advance clinical innovation?

More individuals are discovering local opportunities to get involved in clinical innovation, and we believe there are roles for clinicians at all stages of their training.  While trainees are still acquiring the skills to take care of patients, they can nevertheless bring fresh eyes to the problems facing delivery systems and harness their skill sets, comfort with technology, and own experiences as patients to help fix our broken primary care system
PCP aims to support individuals as they learn about and engage in the work of clinical innovation. But more importantly, we help create communities of trainees and clinicians engaged in innovation together.  Breakthrough changes to health care demand collective and collaborative effort. Communities of learners and innovators – rather than brilliant individuals – hold the key to impacting our complex healthcare system.

What can you do to advance clinical innovation - and how can PCP help?


Build Community

  • Host events such as informational talks or innovators panels, which are a great way to raise awareness of clinical innovation. See our tool kits for examples such as TOM Talks and innovation case study workshops.
  • Collaborate by creating ongoing opportunities to bring trainees together to study innovation, share ideas and catalyze action.  See how PCP chapters have done this with learning and innovation collaboratives.
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