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New certificate provides skills to implement innovative, lower cost health care solutions


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University is recruiting participants for the nation’s first graduate-level Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science program. The nine- to 12-month experience, which blends part-time online instruction with one-weekend-per-month classroom instruction in Indianapolis, starts in September.

Sweeping reform and complex market forces are transforming the way health care is delivered and managed in the United States. Until now, the training needed to prepare physicians, nurses, administrators and others who work in health care to spearhead these changes has not existed.

The new IU School of Medicine certificate program will provide working clinicians and health care administrators with the skills needed to coordinate care and deliver population health management to improve health outcomes at a lower cost. The certificate will give program participants applied knowledge on how to successfully identify, implement, localize, evaluate and scale up evidence-based practices, as well as innovate and invent new models of care and processes, when evidence-based practices do not exist.

The program from the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science provides working physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other practicing clinicians as well as health care administrators with vital tools not taught during their prior education. Course work and practicums build upon existing clinical and administrative skill sets, health care knowledge and experiences.

“This certificate will provide working professionals at all levels with the leadership and influence skills needed to become transformational change agents and disruptive innovators capable of delivering, sustaining and constantly improving their health care systems and the care they deliver,” said Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, the chief operating officer of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science and a nationally known authority on innovation and on implementation science. “Program graduates will help themselves and the health systems for which they work drive improvement and innovation efforts.”

Those who earn this new graduate certificate will be equipped to spearhead the discovery and implementation of new cost-effective, patient-centric and value-based care delivery models, as well as implement evidence-based practices into routine patient care by applying innovation and implementation science concepts into their everyday work environments in physician offices, clinics, therapy centers, surgical practices, health care agencies, hospitals, insurance companies and other settings.

The Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science — which houses expertise in health economics, operations management, project and team management, industrial engineering, biostatistics, implementation science and innovation — will provide certificate program participants with the theoretical knowledge and practical elements required to create effective health care catalysts capable of delivering, sustaining and constantly improving the health care systems and the care they deliver.

Students in the program are required to have at least two years of health care work experience and a bachelor’s degree. Details on the program and the online application can be found at the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science website.

The Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, funded by the IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, uses the complex adaptive system framework and the tools of implementation science to rapidly translate and implement high-quality, cost-effective health care delivery solutions within local, national and international health care systems. The center nurtures a shared implementation science research agenda between the scientific community and health care delivery systems.