Name: Ted Scott
Organization: Hamilton Health Sciences
Title: Chief Innovation Officer & Director of Strategy, Hamilton Health Sciences
What is your role with the HHS/IBM Innovation Exchange?
In his role, Ted links Hamilton Health Sciences’ innovation agenda with the clinical and research community within the Greater Hamilton Area and beyond. As a digital health strategist, I contribute to the development of system-wide health innovation leveraging Watson Health and cloud computing capabilities. I’m a contributing member to the Synapse Life Sciences Consortium, the regional cluster organization for the Greater Hamilton Area focused on supporting initiatives that magnify the impact of collective action across the ecosystem, and accelerate the commercialization of life science innovation. I’m also an active member of the global digital health community, bringing innovators together to develop new commercial opportunities.
What’s the biggest challenge in healthcare that you’d like to tackle?
We are working to shift from the current healthcare paradigm, where we deliver acute care services to our community through an institutional centric delivery model to a more dynamic and proactive engagement of our community to manage health and wellness. A big part of this change will require investments in new ways of managing and improving the continuum of care delivery from hospital to home. Empowering our community to self-manage their chronic and acute care needs through the use of digital health innovation will be another very high priority.
What is the most rewarding part of the work that you do?
I love to work with experts in health and technology to address some of the most challenging issues in healthcare through collaboration and creative approaches. Engaging directly with patients and healthcare providers to develop a deeper understanding of their needs and aligning these with potential solutions is very rewarding. Using Design Thinking methods along with cutting edge digital health technology capabilities brings a structure to our work that creates a great deal of synergy and brings energy to the whole team.
Engaging directly with patients and healthcare providers to develop a deeper understanding of their needs and aligning these with potential solutions is very rewarding.
Where do you look for inspiration to help fuel your ideas and energy at work?
I frequently look to the past to learn from the great innovators who have brought us the world we live in today, the founders of the computing industry, biotechnology and modern medicine. As an applied scientist with a life long focus on health and technology, I am energized by their persistence and creativity.
What’s the one thing you think that great innovators do differently?
Great innovators redefine the problem in new ways that lead to novel solutions. When the founders of modern aviation were grappling with the challenges of powered flight, most of them were focused on how to sustain powered flight. Many of their early attempts ended in crashes that had fatal consequences. The Wright brothers, however, were ultimately successful because they started with a different question: how do you sustain and control flight?