Hospital innovation centers have contributed to some of the most substantial and transformative research carried out within the healthcare system. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Innovation Center is a leader in the field with a strong legacy and a large string of successes attributed to its name.
- The center has a strong legacy having been operating for over 150 years.
- The hospital has been credited as being one of the most technologically advanced children's hospitals in the US, with the innovation center being a leading factor in this.
- Research carried out by the center has received global recognition. Innovations include the world's first bilateral hand transplant, one of the most successful peanut desensitization trials in the world, and transformative research which, in less than 100 years, has turned pediatric lymphoblastic leukemia from being a disease many people would die from to being a disease with a 90% remission rate.
- The website is out-of-date. The last news article was published in March 2017, and compared to competitors who have very recent research and developments highlighted on their website, the center could seem as though it is not currently carrying out research and developing new innovations, which is not the case.
- Although the website states that the center has industry partners, it is not clear who those partners are or what research has been carried out in partnership with other organizations or researchers. There is a real lack of information available through the website.
- The team who work in the center are named on the website, however, little information about them is readily available. This is a clear weakness when comparing the center with its competitors who provide images and significantly more information about the people behind the research.
- New and emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and robotics are being developed across many sectors and are beginning to be adopted by the health care industry. This provides new opportunities for innovation centers to continue research that is on the cutting edge of technological advances.
- There are opportunities for the center to increase its public profile by sharing more of its cutting edge research on its website, industry blogs, journals, and via the local and national press.
- Competitors who are offering substantial training and education programs pose a threat to the center who does not seem to be offering anything comparable.
- Many competitors offer staff, researchers and entrepreneurs opportunities to partner with them and the process for getting in touch with each center is clearly outlined on their website, however, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia does not seem to offer the same opportunities.
- As technology develops, uncertain and outdated regulations and policies in the US may impact how healthcare innovation can be used once it has been developed.
We reviewed the center's website and evaluated its strengths and weaknesses in comparison with leading competitor websites. We used parameters such as how informative the website is, ease in understanding the content, the visual design, and links with social media. We then evaluated the center in terms of its activity including its research output, education and training, and partnerships. Through comparing the center with its leading competitors we were able to highlight further strengths, weaknesses, and threats. We then researched developments within the healthcare industry by reviewing journals, articles, and press releases. This information enabled us to identify key opportunities and further threats for the center.