Innovation labs and centers of excellence continue to take shape as health care organizations look for ways to speed delivery system transformation and control costs better. Partners HealthCare, the Boston-based nonprofit and physicians’ network, became the latest to step up its activity in this space. It joined with software engineers Persistent Systems to launch Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs, which looks to drive improvements in preventive care, chronic care management and care coordination.
The center will test disruptive ideas for care delivery, and clinical experts will validate them. Pivot Labs researchers will collaborate with pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, IT vendors, payers and providers to accelerate ideas through the entire development cycle — from ideation, prototyping and validation to enterprise-wide deployment in clinical settings. The aim: to get innovative tools scaled up quickly for use by providers and large numbers of patients while making care delivery more convenient and accessible.
Pivot Labs is the latest venture between Partners HealthCare and Persistent Systems. Last year, they entered into a four-year agreement to build clinical decision-support systems for various departments throughout Partners’ facilities.