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Is Social Learning the Key to Fostering Healthcare Innovation?

An article on the Association for Talent Development site recently featured OPENPediatrics in an article by Jackie Lebihan highlighting the importance of not only disseminating innovation, but also fostering its adoption:

In their book, The New Social Learning, Connect. Collaborate. Work., authors Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner highlight OPENPediatrics, a global social learning platform developed to share medical knowledge at scale. In this context, they note that, “Every year close to 7 million children die each year after being stricken with diseases that are mostly treatable. The challenge is not that more research is needed for new treatments, or even access to drugs and hardware. Instead, it’s getting the information needed to treat those diseases in the right hands before it’s too late.”

In fact, this is only part of the problem. Getting information in the right hands is known as knowledge dissemination in implementation science and represents only part of the knowledge translation process. Equally, if not more important in the process of spreading new knowledge and innovation, is facilitating the translation of new knowledge, or facilitating its synthesis and application…

Atul Gawande brilliantly highlights the importance of social ties in spreading innovation, or new knowledge and practices. He explores why some innovations spread swiftly and others so slowly in the New Yorker article, “Slow Ideas.” Gawande stresses the importance of social ties and interaction in helping create new norms, and in helping to understand people’s existing norms and barriers to change. Read more…