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New Novant Health Innovation Lab to foster innovation, engagement

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Building on its commitment to innovate and support scalable solutions for some of the health care industry’s biggest challenges, Novant Health yesterday officially opened the Novant Health Innovation Lab in partnership with Novant Health Enterprises. The space is a centralized location for exploring possible technical integrations, enterprise innovation and solving challenges team members present.  

The Novant Health Innovation Lab will facilitate engagement opportunities with providers, team members, vendors and community partners to develop solutions that improve both the quality of and access to care. Novant Health providers and team members will be able to pilot and engage with new devices, emerging technologies and programs, providing feedback prior to their deployment in Novant Health facilities. The lab will also showcase the latest technology and digital products the health system has implemented and plans to implement. 

An extension of the health care system's community outreach programs, the Novant Health Innovation Lab will also be open to community groups for education opportunities, such as STEM education programs.  

“The opening of the Novant Health Innovation Lab is another step toward our goal of fostering transformational innovations not only for the benefit of Novant Health patients and the communities we serve, but for the larger health care industry, even on a global scale,” said Angela Yochem, Novant Health executive vice president and chief transformation and digital officer as well as chief operating officer and general manager of Novant Health Enterprises. “The Novant Health Innovation Lab will foster teamwork and collaboration among our team members, allowing us the opportunity to generate solutions to some of health care’s biggest challenges. The inspirational space is dedicated to the future of medical care, allowing for creativity and testing of new ideas from some great thinkers and problem-solvers.” 

The Novant Health Innovation Lab is located in the Enventys Partners building, 520 Elliot St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Enventys is a full-service product development and launch company that handles all aspects of product design, engineering, prototyping and market launch. Novant Health will have access to resources such as 3D printers, industrial designers, mechanical and electrical engineering assistance, product prototyping equipment, U.S. Food & Drug Administration clearance application assistance and an in-house production studio, as well as collaboration and partnership opportunities with Enventys team members. 

“Observing the growth that Novant Health has achieved in terms of innovation just in the past few years has been exciting to watch,” said Louis Foreman, Enventys CEO. “Our team is looking forward to collaboration opportunities and having a front-row seat to see what advanced ideas develop out of the Novant Health Innovation Lab.”  

Some of the technologies currently used by Novant Health and showcased at the Novant Health Innovation Lab include virtual reality and 3D printing initiatives, as well as partnerships with Aidoc; Hyro; TytoHome; Viz.ai; and Zipline International Inc., the world’s only on-demand drone logistics service.  

The Novant Health Innovation Lab is made possible by funding from the Novant Health Foundation as well as in-house resources and support from Enventys Partners. For more information about donor, community engagement and vendor opportunities, email [email protected]

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2022