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Will It Work Here? A Decisionmaker's Guide to Adopting Innovations

by Cindy Brach, AHRQ; Nancy Lenfestey, Amy Roussel, Jacqueline Amoozegar, and Asta Sorenson, RTI International

The Guide helps users determine if an innovation would be a good fit—or an appropriate stretch—for their health care organization by asking a series of questions. It links users to actionable Web-based tools and presents case studies that illustrate how other organizations have addressed these questions. Users will be able to answer the four overarching questions the Guide poses:

  • Does this innovation fit?
  • Should we do it here?
  • Can we do it here?
  • How can we do it here?

Commentary on the Guide:
New Guide Charts Course for Navigating Challenges of Innovation Adoption

Podcast about the Guide:
Health Care Innovations: A New Guide for Decision Makers

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About the Guide | Acknowledgments


How to Use the Guide

Module I: Does the Innovation Fit?
    What Is the Innovation?
    Does It Further Our Goals?
    Is It Compatible With Our Organization?

Module II: Should We Do It Here?
    What Are the Potential Benefits?
    What Are the Potential Costs?
    Can We Build a Business Case?
    What Are the Risks?

Module III: Can We Do It Here?
    Are We Ready for This Change?
    What Changes Will We Have to Make?
    Do We Have the Ingredients for Success?

Module IV: How Will We Do It Here?
    How Will We Measure the Impact of the Innovation?
    Can We Try the Innovation First?
    How Will We Implement the Innovation?

Index of Tools


Appendix: Case Study Report
    Clinica Campesina and Group Visits
    Mt. Carmel and Six Sigma
    Golisano Children's Hospital and Family-Centered Rounds
    N.C. Children's Hospital and Pediatric Rapid Response Teams

Last updated: October 09, 2013.