Innovation and Partnerships at Children’s

The Innovation and Partnerships team at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota enables great ideas to have a chance at success, no matter where they come from. We do this through a process that aligns ideas with strategy and provides the ability to quickly test key assumptions. Our innovation program is focused on learning quickly, playing well with others, & building things that are transformative for our hospital and beyond.

The three goals of the Children’s Innovation & Partnerships department are to:

  • Transform care delivery
  • Transform care experience
  • Create an internal culture of innovation

Looking at partners in a new light

The Innovation team at Children’s focuses their attention on partnerships that bring value via best-in-class ideas, thought leadership and revenue opportunities. We bring value to our partners via access to real-world pilots, measurement and access. We are interested in working with:

  • Makers: Entrepreneurs, technologists, manufacturers
  • Funders: Investors, revenue partners
  • Thinkers: Health gurus, clinicians, business leaders, innovators

Innovation focus

We are focusing our innovation in four areas:

  • mHealth
  • Informatics
  • Patient Focused Experience
  • Hospital Workflow Processes

Internal advisory council

Our internal innovation advisory council brings together people from different areas to help navigate the innovation process. We have members from strategy, clinical, IT, HR, marketing, and finance. Together we assure the innovation work is meeting hospital standards and pushing the envelope to grow Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

External advisory council

Our external advisory council consists of business and industry leaders outside of Children’s. We utilize their expertise to help us connect with the right partners, understand opportunities and see the big picture. Meet our external advisory council:

  • Scott Anderson Vice President Mobility – Best Buy Company
  • Kunjorn Chambundabongse (KC) Vice President, Innovation and R&D – UnitedHealth Group
  • Karen Cierzan VP of Behavioral Operations – Cigna
  • Greg Frankenfield CEO – Magenic
  • Scott Gill CEO – Milestone AV Systems
  • Kurt Hulander Director of Health Innovation, Product Management – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bill Pullman Chief Scientific Officer – Upsher-Smith Laboratories
  • Kathy Tune Partner – Thomas, McNerney & Partners

Contact Us

Have an idea, solution, or new technology that you think could benefit Children’s? Contact Jeffrey Weness or Jesse Hemphill to talk further.


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