Aurora Health Care, Wisconsin’s largest private employer, is implementing an innovative idea-collecting and cultivation software platform that’s turning employee ideas into commercialized products that can be used throughout the provider’s network.

Three years ago, Mike Rogers, then Aurora’s director of strategic innovations, met Coby Skonord, CEO of Ideawake, at a tech event in Milwaukee. They soon embarked on an 18-month journey of co-developing an idea management platform for Aurora’s 33,000-employee network. Ideawake builds software around idea management and implementation to be used by large companies.

Aurora now plans to roll out the platform to its sites of care, including Illinois, given the recent merger of Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care of Chicago to become Advocate Aurora Health. Together, it is the 10th-largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States employing more than 70,000 people across 500 sites and generating annual revenue of about $11 billion. Read the full story here.