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Member Perspective: Janice E. Nevin

Posted Friday, January 5th, 2018

CEO Council for Growth, Action Teams, Health Care

Guest Commentator: Janice E. Nevin, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Christiana Care Health System @christianacare

The Greater Philadelphia region’s reputation for health care innovation is expanding. What factors do you see contributing to this growth?

When our patients see their doctor using Google Glass during a visit, they may be wowed by the technology, but what they really appreciate is the eye contact and personal touch this innovation enables. This cutting-edge wearable technology is enabling the doctor to speak with and examine her patient without having to turn away or divide her attention to type notes into a computer. Meanwhile, a trained medical transcriptionist is remotely and accurately recording the clinical notes from the visit.

This is innovation with intent, innovation that brings value in health care.

As a member of the Health Care Innovation Collaborative, Christiana Care Health System — recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals by the American Hospital Association — is collaborating on new solutions that will improve health in Delaware, throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and nation. Together, we are creating value in health care for the Greater Philadelphia region.

Value is all about improving the quality of care we provide in ways that are affordable and make a difference to people in terms of their health.
The real indicator of successful innovation in health care is striking the right balance between high tech and high touch. In other words, while we continuously look for opportunities to leap forward through innovation, we never lose sight of why we are innovating. The why is the people we serve.

One of the most exciting areas of innovation in medical science today is gene editing. It has the potential to completely transform the way we provide care and treat disease. At Christiana Care, we’ve structured our gene editing research program to be as close as possible to patients themselves. Our Gene Editing Institute is situated in our Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, giving new meaning to bench-to-bedside research. We are making new strides with CRISPR/Cas-9 and we partner with Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute and international biotech companies. Working closely with physicians and their patients, our scientists gain a unique perspective on their research that ultimately will translate into better patient care.

We are creating our “built” environment for the future. The Center for Women & Children’s Health will open at our Christiana Hospital in 2020. The 400,000 square-foot, family-focused center will include a new eight-story building and state-of-the-art renovations to current space. Much more than bricks and mortar, this $260 million initiative signals a transformation of women’s and children’s care at Christiana Care, where generations of families in Delaware and the region have gotten their start.

We are advancing technology from the inside out. To meet the health care challenges of today and identify opportunities for tomorrow, we created the Health & Technology Innovation Center, located in our Wilmington Hospital. The Innovation Center gives us the opportunity to invent, respond, pioneer and develop the concepts and technological tools we need to deliver great health outcomes at a lower cost. The team works hand-in-hand with clinicians and other frontline team members to be sure the projects and outcomes meet patient needs. Together they are making health care safer, more effective and more efficient.

Our investments in technology also include the unprecedented predictive analytics capabilities of our nationally recognized Carelink CareNow program. This unique data-driven care coordination platform, using data from the Delaware Health Information Network among other sources, proactively addresses patients’ social and behavioral health needs along with their medical needs. It enables us to reach out even before patients realize they need help, and to fill in gaps in their care that can make the difference between staying well and at home, or being readmitted to the hospital.

Through innovation in our region, we are leading change and creating value in health care that has patients at the center of it all.


Dr. Nevin is one of the nine industry leaders of the Health Care Innovation Collaborative, a group of regional health care organizations that test, support, and accelerate innovations to improve health care. The Health Care Innovation Collaborative is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s CEO Council for Growth.

The Chamber also organizes our Health Care Action Team (HCAT), a unique, cross-functional group that leverages the region’s health care assets and is transforming our 11-county community into the global leader in health care innovation.

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  1. How do we join HCAT? Thanks.

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