How to accelerate innovation in healthcare and who to collaborate with? The previous EIT Morning Health Talk was about innovations in healthcare and collaboration. Our Petr Šídlo had a unique opportunity to moderate a panel discussion where the speakers Vendula Macháčková, Jan Wolf, Vladislav Severa, Vít Karvay, and David Skalický shared a number of interesting insights and inspirations on the topic of collaboration and what would help accelerate the implementation of innovations. We would like to share some of these ideas and advice with you.
Education differently. Healthcare is extremely resistant to change, which is why it is necessary to reform the education system for healthcare professionals. Schools should motivate young doctors to be open to new trends and technologies. Postgraduate education needs to be shortened and accelerated. The current state hinders the efficient integration of doctors into a system that suffers from a serious shortage of personnel.
Fresh air! It would be very helpful to involve more young doctors, “pioneers,” enthusiasts, and techno optimists in preparing systemic changes. These individuals are capable of reflecting emerging trends and technological possibilities, thereby accelerating system changes.
Easier, faster, better—simplifying the path to innovation implementation. Accelerating certification and availability of so-called notified bodies and adopting a more thoughtful approach to regulations would be beneficial. The current conditions tend to discourage rather than motivate. As a result, many innovations never become operational within the system, even though they exist and could demonstrably help.
Crisis is a friend. Covid has accelerated many things that were previously unthinkable. Suddenly, exceptions were allowed in regulations, leading to much-needed acceleration and simplification in many aspects. Will the demographic and financial pressures now help innovations transition from paper to real-life faster?
Prevention and education. They cost little, but their impact can be enormous. The same goes for cost savings in addressing health issues that could have been prevented.
And what were the recommendations of our panelists regarding collaboration, contacts, and relationship-building?
We would like to thank the organizer, DEX Innovation Centre (DEX IC), for the invitation, and all the panelists for their participation and sharing of experiences and recommendations. We look forward to our next joint event!