American Hospital Association: Charting a New Path to Health Care Innovation

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American Hospital Association: Charting a New Path to Health Care Innovation

AHA Center for Health Innovation to Help Hospitals and Health Systems

Drive High-impact Innovation and Transformation


September 5, 2018



In an effort to further advance health in America, the American Hospital Association (AHA) today launched the AHA Center for Health Innovation to guide hospitals and health systems as they respond to the change around them. The AHA Center for Health Innovation’s work will focus on providing forward-looking market insights, novel partnerships within and outside of the health care field, unique leadership development opportunities, and enhanced capabilities to spread leading practices at-scale.


“This is a pivotal moment for the field, as hospitals and health care systems face unprecedented challenges and opportunities,” says Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO. “Innovation isn’t limited to Silicon Valley. Hospitals and health systems across the country have been incubators of innovation. The Center will help us disseminate what is working, as well as test new ideas to improve outcomes and increase value and affordability.”


Through its actions, the AHA Center for Health Innovation better equips its members to disrupt health care, proactively manage change, make more data-driven decisions, and improve patient care and health in the communities they serve.

The Center is one part of the AHA’s larger agenda for innovation and transformation. In addition, the AHA is expanding its public policy agenda to develop new public policy ideas that better reflect the new directions in which its members are heading and to identify and offer fresh solutions to long-term challenges, as well as taking steps to strengthen its field engagement with new and innovative ways to engage the membership in the life of the association.

“Despite the widespread awareness and talk about disruption in health care, many hospitals and health systems are challenged with keeping up with the rapid changes occurring in the field,” says Maryjane Wurth, AHA executive vice president and chief operating officer, who will lead the Center’s efforts. “It’s time to go beyond incremental innovation and quick fixes by creating a sustainable culture of innovation across every clinical and business function throughout the system and start building the confidence to transform.”


An Established Leader

The AHA is well-positioned to lead the health care field through this period of transformation. It understands the complexity and specific context of its nearly 5,000 member hospitals and health systems and the unique communities they serve.


With more than a century of health care experience working side by side with its members, government agencies, patients, communities, and business partners, the AHA has a strong heritage of shaping the course of health care and achieving optimal patient outcomes.


To hear what others are saying about the center, click here.


Delivering More Value

Building on this incredible scope of work, the new AHA Center for Health Innovation tackles the most pressing health care issues facing our members, such as affordability, population health, performance improvement, new payment and delivery models, and innovation capacity.


New tools and services available through the center capture market intelligence, accelerate the development of new solutions, and enable the best possible care. Initial offerings include:


  • Market Intelligence: Regular updates and insights into the forces shaping health care and how they will impact hospitals and health systems. In the future, offerings also will include in-depth and unique analyses geared towards emerging issues and trends.
  • The AHA Innovation Challenge: The next generation of the successful initiative that will bring together creative thinkers, catalyze ideas and explore new ways to spread innovation at-scale.
  • Cyber Security Services: Access to unique, expert resources to protect vital information by assessing risk, investigating vulnerabilities, engineering an IT security environment, and staying on top of the latest cyber threat updates.
  • Innovation 90 Boot Camps: A unique, 90-day coaching program that helps health care leaders learn the latest innovation frameworks being used in industries from technology to manufacturing and validate innovative ideas using techniques including design thinking, agile development, iterative prototyping, and application.
  • Members in Action: Case studies about leading health care organizations making a difference in the field.


A new AHA Center for Health Innovation online resource provides easy access to a dynamic community of forward-thinking health care experts, and the knowledge and tools needed to successfully innovate and transform. For more information, visit





Marie Johnson, (202) 626-2351    





About AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides insight and education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at