A Recap of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN) Conference 2015

By Claudia Perez, New Business Development Manager, Ascension Seton Innovation & Technology Commercialization Team

As we begin 2016, I am compelled to reflect on the most meaningful experiences of last year. My fondest and most inspiring memories were had at the Innovation Learning Network (ILN), an in-person conference from October 27-29, 2015 in Toronto. The meeting was hosted by the powerhouse Toronto health innovation partners, Saint Elizabeth and MaRS Discovery District.

I came away wanting more and looking forward to next year’s meeting, which will be in Austin hosted, in part, by Ascension Seton. Now as I plan for the 2016 meeting and how to make it unforgettable, I want to share what stood out to me at the 2015 CONVERGENCE themed event. This is the first of three parts in a series of posts on my takeaways from the event. (Read Part 2 and Part 3)

The Art & Science of Weird Pairings & Engineered Random Collisions

The 2015 meeting was called CONVERGENCE “The Art & Science of Weird Pairings & Engineered Random Collisions.”  Throughout the meeting, presenters were asked to pair ideas from disparate realms and explore ways to bring them together within the context of healthcare to drive innovation.

Pictured: (L) Claudia Perez, Ascension Seton Innovation & Technology Commercialization New Business Development Manager, Chris McCarthy, Innovation Learning Network Director, Veenu Aulakh, Executive Director of the Center for Care Innovations (CCI)

Pictured: (L) Claudia Perez, Ascension Seton Innovation & Technology Commercialization New Business Development Manager, Chris McCarthy, Innovation Learning Network Director, Veenu Aulakh, Executive Director of the Center for Care Innovations (CCI)

Seton’s Friends in Making Healthcare Better through Good Design

The ILN focuses on “making healthcare better through good design.” Ascension Health is a member organization of the ILN along with 35 leading healthcare institutions, including some great names in health innovation like: Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to name a few.

The ILN is “a coalition of Innovators in Healthcare.” It shares innovation across systems, teaches innovation techniques, and creates innovation friendships.  I have been an active participant of ILN webinars, collaborations and meetings since 2008, when I began making new friendships with innovators in health care around the country.  I represent Ascension Seton representative in the ILN, sharing our innovations and passing along stories of other member organizations to Ascension Seton thought leaders whenever applicable.

In 2008, I had the pleasure of meeting ILN Director, Chris McCarthy at the ILN meeting held in Austin, TX. The Austin meeting was sponsored by Ascension Health and held at the (then newly built) Dell Children’s Medical Center.  I was inspired by Chris’s passion for transforming healthcare and am honored to call Chris and the many other inspiring members of ILN, friends.

An Eye-Opening Reading List of Weird Pairings: What Healthcare Can Learn (and Apply) from Others

On his website www.mccarthychris.com, Chris posted a preparatory reading list for ILN members in ahead of CONVERGENCE. I highly recommend this post, entitled The Weirdness is Coming. You’ll love the many eye-opening and fascinating articles Chris curated for us about what healthcare innovators can learn from other industries. A few examples from the list are perfectly titled to demonstrate the crosspollination concept taught to innovation professionals, and around which CONVERGENCE was built: