Monday, February 25, 2013 - HFM President and CEO presents at international innovation conference

HFM President and CEO Mark Herzog was a keynote presenter at the Open Innovation Leadership Forum – Building the Innovation System of the 21st Century, an international conference held February 22 that chronicles the steady growth of co-development and open innovation efforts.

Herzog’s presentation, “Acceleration of Innovation in Healthcare,” outlined the innovation processes and efforts that Holy Family Memorial has taken to meet healthcare reform challenges they are facing today and what could be down the road tomorrow.

“Through careful design, planning and intentional cultural shaping, HFM has been able to leverage Open Innovation opportunities to enhance organizational adaptability, grow bottom line dollars and become nationally recognized as a thought leader in the healthcare industry,” states Herzog. “Through sharing of the Reform Roadmap and examples of success, attendees were able to learn how open innovation can be applied in healthcare,” he continued.

Each year, the conference bring together innovation thought leaders from around the world to offer a pivotal venue where all levels of open innovation practitioners can share their insights, openly discuss obstacles and challenges, and share potential solutions as the complexity of external innovation now spans multiple functions, organizations and geographies.

Herzog’s presentation was heard by nearly 300 participants from over 8 different countries including Chief Technology Officers; Vice Presidents, Managers, and Directors of Open Innovation, Innovation, Product Development, R&D, Continuous Improvement, Engineering, Manufacturing, from a cross section of industries including aerospace, medical devices, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, biotech, oil & gas, electronics, hi-tech, and defense.

Herzog has served as President and CEO of Holy Family Memorial since 2001 and is a noted expert in innovation, strategic thought and designing organizations for high performance. HFM is an integrated delivery system that includes a hospital, an employed 90-practitioner, multi-specialty group practice, a comprehensive outpatient campus ("Healthcare Village") and a wide range of prevention-focused social, home and retail services.

HFM was an early adopter of clinical information system and care management tools. During the past five years, HFM has received numerous national awards: Solucient Top Performance Improvement Leader, HealthGrades five star recipient, Premier CareScience Select Practice National Award, and has been recognized four times in the last six years nationally for its Excellence in Patient Safety. Additionally, HFM has recently received recognition as a HIMSS Stage 6 EMR Adopter (top .5% of hospitals nationally) and designation as a Top 25 Most Wired (rural hospital) nationally. Recognized as a leader in the community, HFM was also named 2009 Business of the Year by the Manitowoc County Chamber of Commerce, and in 2010 New North recognized HFM as its first ever Workplace Excellence Award winner.

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