New Jersey Innovation Institute Announces Development of Ideation Center in Partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health

The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) announced today that it is partnering with Hackensack Meridian Health in developing a healthcare Ideation Center to help create and launch the next wave of healthcare technology, products and services.

“Our relationship with Hackensack UMC, a premier hospital system, is an important validation of the healthcare technology tools our Healthcare Delivery Systems Innovation Lab (iLab) has developed and the agile strategy methods we use to drive innovation.  I look forward to many more great things to come from this significant partnership,” said Dr. Donald Sebastian, president of NJII.

The Ideation Center, located in Newark on the NJIT campus, will leverage the combined skills of entrepreneurs, major corporations, research scientists, students and faculty to solve problems and accelerate launch activities within the healthcare sector. The center will use a multidisciplinary approach and a balance of physical and virtual capabilities to facilitate brainstorming, problem-solving, process reengineering and design, workflow automation and collaborative activities. Using this approach, practitioners and design groups have a solid foundational environment to drive the innovative process.

NJIT President Joel S. Bloom said, “As we build important partnerships like this one with Hackensack, I want to acknowledge the NJIT Board of Trustees for grasping  and supporting the concept of NJII as a portal to work with industry that enhances NJIT’s unique role as a catalyst for innovation translating into regional economic development.”

The center will be run through NJII’s Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab that specializes in pairing New Jersey’s top innovators with companies whose mission is to change the face of healthcare in New Jersey and nationally.

“Healthcare is an industry that has lagged behind many other industries in its embrace and use of new and disruptive technologies,” said Tomas Gregorio, senior executive director, NJII Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab. “The goal of the center is to create an environment where new ideas can flourish and thrive.”

In essence the center will serve as a “living lab,” where the ability to listen, select and act upon ideas can fuel the launch of new products and capabilities into the market. “The center will help drive the process that takes a good idea and turns it into a great product,” said Thomas Bartiromo, CIO/CTO, NJII Healthcare Delivery Systems iLab.

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