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Charting a Path Through the Health Innovation Fog. IT Sligo/NWHIC seminar.

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Charting a Path Through the Health Innovation Fog. IT Sligo/ NWHIC seminar, Friday March 2nd, 2018.

A seminar on how innovative new ideas for products, services or treatments in the health area can be encouraged and fast-tracked.

09.00 Registration

09.30 The Innovation Pathway and the Power of the Quadruple Helix – John Bartlett PhD, IT Sligo/ NWHIC

10.00 Innovation in Stroke Rehabilitation – Ken Monaghan PhD, IT Sligo/ NWHIC

10.25 HOPE, an innovative programme for resilience-building in primary school children - Wendy Gibbons, Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, Marie Dunn, Western Health and Social Care Trust

10.50 Tea/Coffee

11.20 Innovation in Rheumatology - Dr Bryan Whelan, Consultant Rheumatologist, Saolta University Healthcare Group, Our Lady's Hospital, Manorhamilton

11.45 Discussion

12.30 Close/Lunch


(There may be an opportunity to display stands at the event. If you are interested in so doing, email bartlett.john@itsligo.ie to register your interest)


Background.

It’s one thing to have a good idea for a new product, service or treatment, it’s quite another to develop that to the point where it is useful for others. For any individual or team thinking of going down this pathway, there are four common groups of agencies that they will need to interact / work with. They are:

• Government agencies and the wider public sector: in terms of regulatory framework, access to clinicians, access to target groups and facilities, etc.

• Academia: in terms of cutting edge knowledge, intellectual property management, research infrastructure, etc.
• Industry/ business: in terms of business services to help progress to market (commercial or other), IT systems, industrial/ product design, marketing, etc.
• Citizens/ civic society: in terms of new ideas, access to communities, end users, trial populations, etc.

The first three of these are understood to be able to work well together in what is known as the Triple Helix. However, the latest thinking in the health innovation area emphasises the importance of the involvement of the citizen/ civic society as a fourth partner in a Quadruple Helix arrangement.

The Quadruple Helix is based on the end-user being involved in the knowledge generation process at many different stages. One aspect that will drive its development in the health area is an increasing acknowledgement of the importance of citizens/ civil society in taking a more proactive interest in healthy living, which will reduce the incidence of disease and other health problems generally, reducing pressure on the entire system.

The EU promotes ‘Disruptive Innovation’ in the health area, saying ‘disruptive innovation in health care (is) a type of innovation that creates new networks and new organisational cultures involving new players, that has the potential to improve health outcomes and the value of health care. This innovation displaces (as opposed to replaces) older systems and ways of doing things.’

They further say ‘Disruptive innovations can be an important mechanism for improvement of health and health care in Europe. (They) provide new and different perspectives that, in the long run, tend to reduce costs and complexity in favour of improved access and the empowerment of the citizen/patient. Policy makers should thus see disruptive innovations as possible new ways of developing sustainable European health systems.’

The North West Health Innovation Corridor is a Quadruple Helix collaboration involving Government, Academia, Business and Citizens. It provides a platform for all stakeholders to meet in a non-institutional space to discuss health issues in the region, widening the perspectives of all, in support of the generation of new knowledge that can be developed into processes, products or services for the benefit of all. In particular, it provides an access point for the fourth strand of the Quadruple Helix, citizens and civil society, to the research, innovation and commercialisation/ delivery pipeline.

For each individual innovator, we can determine the unique path that they must take through the helix; in other words, the pathway is personalised for each individual. Each individual will be faced with different barriers and, as we take them through the process, we’ll identify those barriers and help deal with them. Each individual will need more or less of each strand, depending on the stage of innovation they’re at, the kind of innovation they are proposing, etc.

The NWHIC is essentially a one-stop shop for accessing all 4 strands at the right level. It’s an innovation broker for the innovator, getting innovators access to the right people.

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