Innovator Profile: Jim Magahey, IBM Canada

By June 26, 2017Innovators

Name: Jim Magahey
Organization: IBM Canada
Title: IBM Sr. Project Executive & Lead, HHS/IBM Innovation Exchange

What is your role with the HHS/IBM Innovation Exchange?

I am the IBM business lead for the Innovation Exchange. I have responsibility for the business operations of the collaborative initiative between HHS and IBM with accountability for the governance of the new partnership facilitated by the Innovation Exchange.

What’s the biggest challenge in healthcare that you’d like to tackle?

I believe that healthcare in Canada has lagged behind many other industries in its adoption and exploitation of new technologies. Today, a significant amount of the healthcare information about an individual is spread across many different entities in their support chain…and more often than not, it is not visible between the different practitioners, providers and agencies that are delivering that individual’s support.  An ability to aggregate this data, perform analysis to gain insights from it, and the ability to make it available to all of the various practitioners and parties involved in providing support would be a great outcome for all of us.

I’m inspired by the innovators and entrepreneurs who have chosen to invest their energy and drive to improve our current healthcare models and services.

What is the most rewarding part of the work that you do?

Frankly, it is meeting the front line clinicians, researchers and innovators that have a great idea or a well articulated problem. Each time I experience this, it contributes to my motivation to try to find a way to bring the assets we have available across HHS and IBM to help validate, accelerate and transform those ideas and issues into a new transformational solution.

Where do you look for inspiration to help fuel your ideas and energy at work? 

I’m inspired by the innovators and entrepreneurs who have chosen to invest their energy and drive to improve our current healthcare models and services. I have been delighted to find this comes from so many diverse areas that we connect with; doctors, nurses, researchers, students and others have each had an influence on my view of what the art of the possible can be.

What’s the one thing you think that great innovators do differently?

Off the cuff I immediately would say, they make it personal.  I have seen great ideas with huge positive outcomes where the champion made it a personal mission, sticking with it while the idea gained acceptance and pivoting when needed in order to tailor the end solution…great innovators often have these traits.

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