The David Druker Center for
Health Systems Innovation
Inspired by Dr. David Druker, the late CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation (Innovation Center) was launched in August 2010. While serving as CEO, Dr. Druker promoted a culture of innovation within PAMF, fostering early adoption of new technologies and the on-going creation of new ways of delivering patient-centered care. The Innovation Center is continuing Dr. Druker’s early legacy of health care innovation with an extended focus on the community.
The Innovation Center team applies human-centered design and leverages technology to invent, catalyze and deploy breakthrough innovations as a partner in advancing the health and wellbeing of communities. Creating scalable solutions that address the pressing health challenges of our time, the team is currently focused on successful aging and lifelong wellness.
The signature incubation project in the Innovation Center is linkAges, a network to support aging with a high quality of life. linkAges is a community-based, multigenerational service exchange network designed to engage and activate existing resources (individuals as well as diverse organizations) within communities to improve the health and well-being of seniors and family caregivers.
Personalized Health Care Programs (PHCP)
PAMF’s Personalized Healthcare Programs are now an integral part of the Innovation Center, consistent with ongoing PHCP innovations over the last decade. These programs are designed and deployed using methods that engage individuals in changing their behavior to improve their own health outcomes, including the management of diabetes and hypertension.