Hartford HealthCare's Evolving Innovation Ecosystem

HHC recognizes that a vibrant entrepreneurial and innovative healthcare ecosystem, involving multiple stakeholders (academic and teaching institutions, government, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, corporate, and risk capital), is key to achieve our goals.

The virtual assembly of the following key strategic innovation assets serve as a “sandbox” to accelerate transformative products and business development opportunities to impact:

 
Learn More About our Innovation Ecosystem Assets:
 

The Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI)

CESI is one of the country’s premier simulation centers and would be available as a resource to Israeli companies, helping them pressure-test proposed advancements in healthcare and healthcare administration before finalizing their minimum viable products.

Care Logistics Center

HHC has created a “command center” to manage all patient movement/transfers within and between its system’s six acute care hospitals. The goal of this center is to ensure that the right level of care is provided to each patient at the right location. This center uses state-of-the-art technology to manage the flow of patients and would also serve as an ideal place for digital health companies to determine and test compatibility of new healthcare analytics, artificial intelligence and I0T-enabled technologies with a healthcare delivery system. HHC is also particularly interested in innovation to expand its own capabilities in this space.

HHC Community Network

The HHC Community Network is the largest home care nursing and hospice agency in CT. As part of a coordinated population health plan, home care is ripe for innovative digital and virtual health strategies. Experts from this unit will help emerging companies understand the specific needs of at-home patients and how to adapt technology for a non-acute care clinical environment, in order to maximize benefit to patients and providers.

Health Analytics

HHC has made significant capital investments in information technology (IT) and analytics including an integrated electronic health record (Epic) and in advanced next generation analytic capabilities (artificial intelligence, predictive and prescriptive). The analytics and IT teams are available as potential collaborators for startups to provide the critical interface between technology platforms and high quality effective and efficient patient care.

Research

HHC’s Research Administration program is organized to provide optimal services and oversight to conduct medical research at its institutions. The goal is to support and facilitate the growth of research and offer patients access to new and novel treatment options. To that end the program has developed a centralized infrastructure to meet the needs of research investigators across the HHC system including an Institutional Review Board.

Clinical Institutes

HHC has developed a patient-centered approach to delivering care, focused on clinical institutes. Physicians of multiple sub-specialties come together in the Institutes to provide cutting-edge coordinated care, which enhances quality, safety and the patient experience. The Institutes are charged with investing in continuous innovation and research in order to advance care and will be ready to serve as key sources of clinical feedback for emerging startups looking to improve patient outcomes. These Institutes include:

Heart and Vascular Institute
Bone and Joint Institute
Ayer Neurosciences Institute
Cancer Institute
Tallwood Kidney and Urology Institute
HHC Behavioral Health Network – the largest provider of mental health services in CT

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group (HHCMG)

HHCMG is a multi-specialty group encompassing physicians in more than 30 specialties in convenient offices across Central and Eastern CT.

Integrated Care Partners (ICP)

ICP is a physician-led, clinically integrated healthcare network whose mission is to assist its members in providing the highest quality care at the most reasonable cost for their patients in the current, rapidly changing healthcare environment.

HHC Pharmacy

The HHC Specialty Pharmacy Program is an outpatient pharmacy program dedicated to providing patients with the support necessary to manage complex medication regimens. Pharmacists and liaisons work with an individual’s healthcare providers to ensure his/her specialty medication needs are delivered accurately and on time with the goal to provide the patient with fully integrated pharmacy services and the highest quality care.

Digital Health Accelerator CT

HHC is the anchor institution/partner in a CT grant-funded initiative, Innovations Place, to foster innovation, economic development and job growth in the Hartford Region, focused on MedTech innovation. A digital health accelerator has recently been launched as part of this public/private initiative in partnership with Trinity College, in Hartford, and the UConn School of Business and the Tech Commercialization Services Division.

CarePartners of Connecticut

The is a not-for-profit Medicare health insurance company formed by HHC and Tufts Health Plan.

 
 

The tapestry of capabilities within the “sandbox” positions HHC to accelerate Digital Health product development with intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs to drive innovative solutions for:

  • Clinical workflow

  • Decision support

  • Digital therapeutics (ability for patients to proactively track and manage own conditions)

  • Remote monitoring (keeping patients healthy at home)

  • Diagnostics (data analytic tools to allow for automatic, fast and affordable medical diagnostics

Our Innovation ecosystem also serves as the anchor partner for Digital Health CT, our Accelerator in partnership with Trinity College and UCONN School of Business.

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