The Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) supports and enhances the activities of faculty, staff, and units throughout the region to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge about healthcare service and delivery in order to benefit society. 


The goal of the HIP is to increase the quality and quantity of healthcare services research, education, and programs.


The major emphasis of research in healthcare innovation is to understand the interplay among key issues of quality (outcomes, safety, satisfaction), costs (resource utilization, efficiency, value), and access (when, why, how) in the context of well-characterized recipient populations.  Healthcare research utilizes data from a wide range of available sources and collaborators to evaluate these factors by considering:

  • Multiple perspectives of the delivery systems including business models, legal-ethical considerations, policy-regulatory issues, economic-financial factors, leadership-management approaches
  • Recipient characteristics of biology, behavior, and environment at the level of individuals and specific populations. 

The Healthcare Innovation Program will enhance existing research programs, and facilitate the development of new collaborative programs that include:

Interactions among key components and sub-components of quality, cost, and access:

  • Health care safety, outcome, satisfaction; effectiveness
  • Expenses, revenues for providers, payers; efficiency
  • Healthcare timeliness, exclusions, points of care
  • Cost-benefit, rationing, value

Impact of business models on key components:

  • Insurance models
  • Health plan models
  • Payment models
  • Administrative leadership, management, staff models 

Impact of delivery models on key components:

  • Chronic, acute, critical care delivery
  • Health team staff, management models
  • Prevention, wellness, complementary care
  • Inpatient, outpatient, home care

Impact of biologic, behavioral, societal and individual determinants of recipient health:

  • Genetic, phenotypic characteristics
  • Education, income
  • Support systems, local geographic environment
  • Demographic factors


The educational goals of the Healthcare Innovation Program are to:

  • Enhance existing and create new teaching and educational venues to promote a better understanding of issues and solutions for students, as well as industry, government, and professional leaders, healthcare plans and providers, employers, policy makers, payers, regulators, consumer groups, and recipients
  • Develop and provide access to new information on the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare to these groups. 

Among specific aims are to develop:

  • Enhancements of existing MPH, MBA, and other degree programs
  • Teaching materials that include original research and published reports
  • Guest lectures and seminars
  • New courses, programs
  • Data bases for academic research and application


The service goals of the Healthcare Innovation Program are to provide educational and consultative services and programs to assist healthcare providers, employers, government, health plans, insurers, industry, and consumer groups in assessing problems and potential solutions in their particular sector. Specific aims are to develop educational-consultative services for external individuals and groups:

Individuals (e.g., professionals and interested individuals from all segments, especially healthcare delivery leaders and managers);

  • Executive education programs
  • Seminars, symposia
  • Personalized consultation, advising

Industry segments (e.g., employers, payers, health plans, providers)

  • Specialized educational programs

Consultative resources, services

  • Specific organizations (e.g., individual companies, especially providers and health plans).
  • Specifically tailored educational programs
  • Consultation services