Awards and Recognition in Healthcare: Toward a New ‘Promise’ Model

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Shah Ansari
Neil Seeman
Carlos Rizo


Awards, Healthcare, Innovation


Awards in healthcare provide acknowledgement and incentive for innovation and improvements in the provision of care. However, healthcare awards are typically given for past performance. This, combined with a lack of outcomes data on awards’ impact on healthcare, renders objectively defining the impact of these awards a challenging task. A discussion of healthcare award limitations along with an analysis of four awards categories (education, research, clinical, and community) demonstrate how current award structures fail to optimally utilize awards' potential to impact the provision of care and promote health innovation. For these reasons, a new awards model geared towards impacting future change is proposed.