What is unique about IHT?
Unlike other healthcare accelerators or incubators, IHT is designed specifically with senior health leaders in mind, such as hospital executives and senior healthcare managers, from both the public and private sectors. Past participants have come from places as diverse as Ministries of Health, various nonprofits, and health clinics from around the world. Aside from the course materials, the community of people that we bring together is truly remarkable. I believe participants learn just as much from interacting with each other as they do from us, and we learn from the group too!
How have past participants taken their lessons learned at IHT to create impact in their workplace and communities?
Many participants have gone on to really reimagine different projects and ideas by taking home specific tactics and tools they discovered at IHT. The Sankara Eye Foundation had already completed one million free eye surgeries when its President, Bharath Balasubramaniam, took the IHT course. But IHT exposed him to new ideas and a culture of creative ideation that he was able to take back to India. By rethinking community outreach and employing digital tools, Bharath broadened the impact of his organization, and to date, his team has completed more than 1.6 million eye surgeries to date. Michael Seo used the tools he learned at IHT in 2014 to bring the nurse-run Unjani Clinic model from South Africa to scale in Kenya. And these advancements aren’t just taking place in developing countries either. In Australia, one past participant has begun employing Google Translate in his dentistry practice to improve communication between patients and providers who do not speak the same language. In Sweden, others repurposed the idea tournament concept learned in IHT, enabling their team to continuously generate new ideas to improve care management, including for oncology and cardiology patients.
Do you have any final takeaways?
Across the world, health systems are strained. People are living longer, the set of diseases and conditions are changing, and there continues to be a shortage of health care workers. Yet, there are a vast number of opportunities, such as amazing advances in mobile, computing and biomedical sciences. At IHT, we make the case for innovating healthcare business models themselves: taking apart health systems, processes, and approaches and putting them back together in new, more effective ways.