Innovation is about uncertainty. Especially in healthcare, uncertainty stems from complex problems with multiple interdependent layers and causalities that are difficult to distinguish. The COVID-19 pandemic is a good example of this. Healthcare organizations need to drive innovation from demand and co-creation, a skill that has not yet come to most organizations. Emerging digital health innovations require a different approach for successful implementation, requiring a common education foundation for multidisciplinary teams.
iRaise Training Programme for Executives & Professionals has facilitated the adoption of innovation by healthcare systems by increasing the skills and know-how of professionals in healthcare organizations.
The iRAISE program focused on skills related to innovation and health system awareness, but also provided insights into digital and data literacy, interprofessional and multidisciplinary skills, and critical thinking.
Participants were enrolled in multidisciplinary teams, encouraged to share their knowledge, experiences, threats and opportunities.
The program offered tools, to evaluate the problem and the needs, to analyze if it is necessary to improve the definition of requirements, which may lead to the adoption of an innovative solution. The implementation of innovative technological solutions adapted to the organization, requires a previous analysis about the impact and the value they can add to the system. The evidence-based decision making process was a key stage in identifying the steps to be taken as a healthcare organization seeks to meet unmet needs.