Dr. Peter M. Fleischut is the Chief Innovation Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) in New York city, a facility that is a leader in healthcare innovation. In 2014, NYP launched the Innovation Centre in order to pool impactful ideas and then realise them with a focus on providing IT support to patients and staff. Since its origin, the Innovation Centre has collaborated with many departments within the hospital as well as external bodies.
What are your key areas of interest and research?

My key areas of interest include Health IT, Digital Health, Patient Experience, Perioperative Outcomes Research and Innovation to improve Operations 

What are the major challenges in your field? 

The major challenges that exist in my field are making healthcare a digital service and digitising what we do. A big part of the process is leveraging other industries and verticals and learning and benefitting from their successes. 

What is your top management tip? 

I always recommend constant communication at all levels of the organisation. Constant dialogue is key to the success of any endeavor. 

What would you single out as a career highlight? 

Seeing the NewYork-Presbyterian IT Innovation team in action. Watching people use and leverage our tech infrastructure to its full potential is truly topnotch. I’m impressed by the NewYork-Presbyterian team every day. 

If you had not chosen this career path what do you think you would have become? 

I probably would have become an orthopedic surgeon – but I still would find ways to use emerging technology and trends to continue improving patient care. 

What are your personal interests outside of work?

Sailing, reading, and running. 

Your favorite quote?

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

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