were exploring uncharted territory, so were the sponsors.
The projects were extremely varied in scope, intent, and origin. This diversity raised doubts that each team would be interested in engaging as a network ensemble. The grantee innovation projects are described below.
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont., in cooperation with the Montana Health Network, is adopting a mobile clinical education delivery system that will feature a state-of-the-art human patient simulator. The system will provide a participative and interactive learning environment for physicians, nursing staff and emergency response personnel to maintain clinical proficiency and speed the dissemination of new treatment skills in Montana's smallest rural and frontier communities. The intended outcome is a model for simulation that can be used in other rural areas, including an educational curriculum and evaluation tool. Project Champion: Elaine Shuchard, RN, MSN
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., is implementing a new prototype for innovating in health care dedicated to identifying, developing and measuring the impact of innovation in the ambulatory setting. The program, dedicated to improving efficiency, effectiveness, safety and the overall health of patients uses a "live clinical laboratory" to explore and test various new approaches in the outpatient health care delivery. The innovation prototype as well as learnings from the product