AHA Center for Health Innovation

Coming This Fall

Today’s health care environment is changing rapidly as hospitals and health systems continue to redefine their role in delivering the highest quality health care, but also in driving partnerships that promote health and well-being in the communities they serve. We call this redefining the “H”. In response, the AHA is building an agenda around innovation and transformation that will involve the entire association.

This effort is based on feedback from the AHA’s Board of Trustees, as well as our other governance groups. Many members have expressed a desire for AHA to provide additional assistance to help them both navigate today’s challenges and seize tomorrow’s opportunities. They have urged AHA to think boldly and help accelerate innovation and transformation through broader field engagement.

This effort will focus association resources on key innovation and transformation issues facing the field by providing assistance to the field through a new AHA Center for Health Innovation that harnesses the work of Health Forum, the Health Research & Educational Trust, AHA’s Data Center and The Value Initiative to provide tools and resources that can help members innovate as they continue to redefine the “H.”

Also, as part of our agenda for innovation, we are expanding our public policy agenda to develop new public policy ideas that better reflect the new directions our members are heading and to identify and offer fresh solutions to long-term challenges.

In addition, we are taking steps to strengthen our field engagement with new and innovative ways to engage the membership in the life of the association.

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AHA Center for Health Innovation Vision and Purpose


The AHA Center for Health Innovation will tackle today’s priority issues, including:

Affordability and Value

Hospitals and health systems have a role to play in improving health care affordability. The AHA’s Center for Health Innovation will add additional offerings under The Value Initiative to provide the education, resources, and tools needed to advance affordable health care and promote value within their communities. The Value Initiative offers hospitals and health systems guidance and resources for delivering value, including strategies, data, and stories.

Performance Improvement

As hospitals and health systems continue to strive for safer, more reliable, and timely patient- and family-centered care for all patients, The AHA Center for Health Innovation will offer the latest topic-specific, evidence-based resources, training programs, and tools.

The Center will draw on AHA’s growing emphasis on applied research, implementation science and experience leading government-funded and private sector-based, national quality improvement initiatives such as the AHA/HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. This network includes more than 1,600 hospitals, 34 state hospital associations, and six Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organizations.

Population Health

The AHA is committed to driving the development of accessible and equitable health services by partnering with communities and redesigning delivery systems that ensure seamless, high-quality, and affordable care for all patients.

We work with hospitals and health systems to develop capabilities they need to care for patient populations, partner with communities, and drive transformational change. Wherever they are on their population health journey, our members can count on us to support the development and advancement of their competencies for accountable, equitable care.

New Payment and Delivery Models

Determining how alternative payment models will evolve under the waning fee-for-service payment system is not easy. As the transition from traditional fee-for-service payment models toward value-based reimbursement continues, we will help hospitals and health systems address the challenges spurred by financial realignment, performance measurement and consumer demand.

Our goal is to help organizations not only compete under these new models, but thrive. For more, visit our Current and Emerging Payment Models landing page.

Emerging Issues

The AHA Center for Health Innovation will help our members prepare for the future by identifying, assessing, and analyzing health care trends that will have the most impact. Data-driven market intelligence will allow us to predict where health care is heading, how it will change over time, what will prompt that change, and how to respond at both the system and local levels.

Through this work, AHA members will:

  • Gain insight into how disruptions are affecting the field
  • Learn how to tap into emerging research and technologies
  • Explore how to use innovation to address new challenges
  • Leverage successful strategies to improve quality that’s affordable for all

For more, visit our Disruptive Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges landing page.

Innovation Capacity

The rapidly changing health care environment calls for new ideas and approaches. Health systems, business partners and communities need to expand their capacity to test new models of care, leverage technology and data in novel ways, and develop the leadership skills and competencies necessary to transform the system. It’s about closing the gap between aspirations and the capacity to innovate by building a mindset and muscle to identify breakthrough ideas and opportunities – and put them into practice.

The AHA Center for Health Innovation will serve as an important knowledge and relationship hub, connecting health care organizations with innovators and resources representing a wide range of sectors from technology to design to engineering. The Center also will train senior and emerging leaders to become practitioners of innovation, so they can bring back to their teams the most advanced thinking on providing patient-centric, value-based care.

This is no easy task and it will take time to fully evolve. But together we will discover powerful solutions that produce results. Offerings already underway include:

AHA Innovation 90. An immersive, team-based three-day innovation “boot camp” paired with 90 days of expert follow-up coaching designed to help you uncover insights, create solutions, build prototypes and craft value propositions for your organization while creating efficiencies and building alignment.

AHA Innovation Challenge. A juried award program to source and create greater awareness in the field about new ideas and approaches to drive better health outcomes, improve the patient experience and reduce the total cost of care. This program launched in March with prizes awarded at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego in July.

AHA Team Training. Tools, training materials, webinars, events and community support and engagement based on the proven TeamSTEPPS model for optimizing patient outcomes by improving care team communication and teamwork.

AHA Executive Forums. Join the AHA, expert thought leaders and your peers to explore various strategies your organization can use to make health care more affordable for your patients and community at these exclusive events being offered regionally in 2018.

Current & Emerging Payment Models

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has set a goal of increasingly tying Medicare payment to value. For example, CMS estimated that, as of January 1, 2016, nearly a third of Medicare payments were attributed to alternative payment models. Thus, for now, hospitals and health syst...

TrendWatch Chartbook 2018

TrendWatch Chartbook analyzes the latest in hospital and health system trends. It is produced by the AHA. Chartbook is now a web-based publication allowing AHA to update charts as new data become available. Please check individual chapters for newly updated charts. Full TrendWatch Cha...

Disruptive Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges

Health care is changing at a rapid pace, moving from a system that rewards volume to one that promotes and rewards value. At the same time, forces such as the rise of consumerism and the new digital economy are forcing even greater changes in the way health care is delivered and ...

Innovation Challenge

Wanted: Better outcomes, lower costs for high-need, high-cost populations The deadline for entry to the 2018 AHA Innovation Challenge has passed. We are currently evaluating proposals. Winners will be announced at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego July 27. JOIN US IN OU...

AHA Team Training

Welcome to the American Hospital Association's Team Training Program featuring TeamSTEPPS® Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) is an evidence-based set of tools for optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork am...

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