Fostering Innovation

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist – #TheIncrementalist

On this episode, I am talking with Marck-Arthur Clerveau, the Innovation Manager for Inventor Services at the MedStar Institute for Innovation (@Mi2innovation) at Medstar Health.

Marck works with inventors at MedStar to help set assess, fund, structure and ultimately to find a path for commercialize technology to improve healthcare. We discuss his journey to innovation that started in engineering but took a turn following a fortuitous participation in a course at UMass Lowell the MSIT study of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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We talk about the important aspect of starting with the clinical need – a recurring theme in my interviews on innovation and incremental steps; start with a problem that is keeping people awake at night or causing them problems. Ideas are plentiful, but ones that actually solve problems is a much harder challenge.

He shares the details of a concussion assessment tool Brain FORCE mTBI Screening Tool that put together a group to help develop an easy to use quick assessment tool for concussions and the key contribution of human factors and usability input. We discuss the Minnovations program that features as one of the key incremental steps taken to nurturing and accelerating innovation and the inspiration he found in the “DifferenceMaker” program from UMass Lowell and the freshman orientation ideation session and why it was impactful.

Listen in to hear how innovation and the adjacent possible started on the football field.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.