Promoting the scale and spread of effective health innovations requires dedicated action from health system leaders. In order to maximise the effects of leadership strategies to promote the spread and scale of health innovations, conceptual clarity and well-defined strategies are essential. In this commentary, we propose definitions of the concepts of ‘innovation’, ‘spread’ and ‘scale’, and explain how these concepts can be used by health system leaders to generate interest, excitement and commitment for specific innovations from a broad community of stakeholders. We then outline two strategies from the community organising literature that leaders can use to promote spread and scale.
- clinical leadership
- health system
- unwarranted variation
- health policy
- healthcare planning
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Contributors JS is a scientist at the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and an assistant professor in the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. JS’s work focuses on implementation science and health policy. JT is the chief executive officer of Health Quality Ontario, the quality-focused agency funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that oversees quality assessment and improvement efforts for the health system in the province of Ontario, Canada (population: 13.5 million). JT is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto and a practising family physician. DM is the vice president of Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital, an associate professor at the University of Toronto and a practising family physician. She has led many health system-improvement initiatives and is a frequent commentator on television and in print media on quality improvement and health policy in Canada.
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