Impact of entrepreneurship training on clinician engagement in innovation creation: An evaluation of the Johns Hopkins Hexcite programme

Adler Archer, Jasmine McNeil, Teresa Johnson, Ewan Ferlie, Paul Nagy

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Abstract

Background: Academic health science centres are an ideal location to translate innovative discoveries into clinical practice. However, increased cost, decreased time and encroaching technology are few of the challenges that academic clinicians face in an increasingly digitised healthcare industry. Academic health science centres have begun creating training to involve clinicians in developing and deploying innovative solutions. Few of these programmes engage clinicians in interactive and interdisciplinary activities. Approach: Hexcite is a 16-week entrepreneurship training programme at Johns Hopkins. During the programme, clinicians with innovative clinical software ideas learn how to launch start-ups. Clinicians accepted into the programme team up with a business expert, design expert and technical expert. Teams participate in 15 expert-led interactive 3-hour workshops, interview potential customers, regularly pitch their ideas to industry experts and iteratively refine their products. Methods: This report examined anonymous participant feedback, quantitative data from team productivity reports, and interview responses between 2015 and 2019. Outcomes were assessed using the Kirkpatrick Model. Results and conclusion: Many clinicians reported improved understanding of team building, design thinking and marketing communications as well as increased involvement in innovation. Many teams received funding after Hexcite. Outcomes from previous cohorts will guide more robust evaluation measures for future cohorts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMJ Leader
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • career development
  • clinical leadership
  • curriculum
  • health system
  • leadership assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Strategy and Management

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