Innovation in healthcare tends to be more tech-push where an innovator, a clinician or management develops a solution, but fails to identify the problem correctly, or implements it badly. This has led to increasing pains and inefficiencies in the delivery of healthcare to the patient and an overburdened healthcare system.
Out of this chaos, arose Need Led Innovation - a system which promotes co-development of solutions with all the stakeholders and engages them through the design and implementation process in order to create innovative products that have tangible impact on patients, medical teams and healthcare systems. This aligns well with the growing movement within healthcare of Values-Based Practice and balancing the stakeholder values in order to reach patient-centred clinical decisions.
These 2 systems have existed in relative isolation for the last few years, and using patient stories as the focus, this webinar brought together patients, innovators and clinicians to leverage both these models in order to drive Patient-Centred Healthcare Innovation and marked the launch of the Digital Health & Innovation Network (DHIN) at the Oxford Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice.
First we heard from Dr Dilraj Kalsi, Co-Lead of DHIN, who is a doctor, academic and Clinical AI Lead at Skin Analytics. He shared a personal story as a patient of his battle with low back pain.
Dr Alexander Finlayson, GP and CEO of Nye Health, followed up with a comparison of two innovation models: tech Innovation in silicon valley and pharmaceutical development. He reflected on the challenges each pose in terms of addressing a real need with Innovation versus being able to produce scalable solutions, illustrating it through reflections on Dilraj's story of low back pain.
Ariadna Maso shared her own personal story of difficulties with gut health that were eventually diagnosed with IBS and how that shaped her Innovation to support patients with their gut health. Her story of developing Sanno Health illustrated the importance of listening to stakeholder needs and learning quickly.
Gillian Henker spoke of her journey from identifying that catastrophic lack of blood transfusion supply in Kenya through to regulatory approval and implementation of an autotransfusion device in multiple countries.
Finally, the speakers were joined by Megan Morys-Carter, Director of TheHill, an Oxford University Hospitals Innovation accelerator, for a panel discussion
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