There are literally hundreds of governmental and non-governmental regulatory and licensing agencies which oversee every possible aspect of healthcare. NCQA, FDA, CDC, EPA, CREF, AMA, AAMC, OCR, CMS, OSHA, IOM. These are but a few of their acronyms, but you get the point.
Innovation has been a buzz word and marketing tagline in healthcare for more than a decade. Virtually every organization has invested in staffing an innovation activity. Despite these investments the pace of change has been frustrated by an entrenched reliance of providers on traditional ways that they make money. Healthcare organizations remain disproportionately dependent upon high utilization rates of expensive inpatient services.