Healthcare Innovation + Nursing + Opportunities for Designers — DT101 E109

Michael Ackerman is currently the director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing and the director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. He also maintains a clinical practice as an acute care nurse practitioner at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Hospital in Rochester, New York. Today, we talk about nursing, healthcare innovation, and opportunities for designers in the healthcare industry.

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Listen to Learn About

  • The role of nurses in nursing/healthcare innovation
  • The unique challenges of innovation in healthcare
  • Improving the healthcare innovation cycle
  • OSU’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership

Our Guest

Michael Ackerman is currently the Director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing, and the Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. He also maintains a clinical practice as an acute care nurse practitioner at St Joseph’s Neighborhood in Rochester, NY. He is also the Owner of Ackerman Consultants.

Dr. Ackerman has held just about every position a nurse could hold in academia and clinical practice from candy striper to senior director. His entire career has been dedicated to critical care with numerous publications as well as invitations to speak nationally and internationally. His research and writing has focused on a variety of clinical topics including sepsis, airway management, hemodynamics, innovation and leadership. His innovation work has led to many disruptions in clinical practice and health system change. He has been recognized for his various contributions with various fellowships including; Fellow in Critical Care Medicine, Fellow in the National Academy of Practice, and Fellow in American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Ackerman completed his BSN from Niagara University, his MSN and DNS from The State University of New York at Buffalo, a post-masters certificate as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester and is currently enrolled in a Design Thinking certificate program at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Show Highlights

[01:18] Michael talks about his love of nursing, and starting his career in the ICU.
[01:46] Finding his way into the healthcare innovation space.
[03:27] What people, and especially designers, should understand about bedside nursing.
[04:33] The three “P’s” of nursing and design.
[07:22] Co-creating with nurses via the Center for Healthcare.
[09:52] Nurses are moving into the innovation space.
[11:59] Michael’s wishlist of things designers should do when working in the healthcare innovation space.
[12:37] The healthcare industry is risk-averse.
[14:46] A look at the different viewpoints of healthcare executives.
[16:41] Michael talks about one project – a new feeding tube device.
[19:07] The healthcare innovation cycle is often slow.
[20:20} How the COVID-19 pandemic sped up the innovation cycle.
[22:18] How designers and healthcare leadership can help improve the healthcare innovation cycle.
[23:27] Democratizing innovation and inviting healthcare staff to the table.
[26:00] Ohio State’s innovation studios for healthcare and nursing.
[27:42] Working with the architecture school on creating healthier work environments.
[28:48] OSU’s Masters in Healthcare Innovation program.
[30:12] OSU’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership.
[32:42] The importance of creativity, and logic-brain versus creative-brain.
[34:21] Designers need to help people find ways to turn off their logic-brain to allow their creative-brain to turn on.
[35:43] Giving people permission to experiment and create.
[38:37] The patient harm threshold for rapid healthcare innovation.
[39:49] The need for innovation leadership roles in hospitals and healthcare.
[43:01] All leaders would benefit from being familiar with design thinking and being able to lead teams using a design mindset and methods.
[44:51] A culture of innovation and creativity starts at the top.
[47:22] Hospitals and healthcare are complex adaptive systems.
[49:59] Michael’s and Dawan’s advice for innovators.


Michael on LinkedIn
Michael on Twitter
Ackerman Consulting
Michael on ResearchGate
The Handoff: Nurse Burnout with Michael Ackerman
Google Scholar list of articles where Michael is an author/co-author
The #HCBIZ Show: The Novation Dynamic: 3 Pillars for Healthcare Innovation Success with Michael Ackerman

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