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User driven innovation in the health care sector (Summary report)

  • Published 24/02/2010
  • Last updated 20/05/2011
The Nordic countries have health care sectors of high international standards. In most studies the Nordic countries come out among the top ranked nations in medical quality as well as cost effectiveness. However, the health care systems are challenged by an increased demand, due to the graying of the population, and a more knowledgeable population.

Further, the technological development makes new and often expensive treatments available. Innovation in the health care sector is essential to meet these challenges.

 

The pace of innovation has been high in health care, but it has been dominated by research based innovations, e. g. pharmaceutical and medical technologies. A user driven approach to innovation has the possibility to change the way innovations are made in the health care sector. User driven innovation takes the users’ needs as a starting point and innovate on based on that. It can generate a different type of innovations that are more focused on how the work is done and organized than new medicines and technology.

 

Nordic Innovation Centre has financed two Nordic projects that studied and promoted user driven innovation in the health care sector. The projects used different tools, but they both showed the potential for user driven innovation in the Nordic health care sector.

 

Nordic Innovation Centre hopes that the synthesis presented in this report will inspire further reading of the individual underlying reports from the following two projects:

 

Innovation4Care - User driven innovation in the health care sector
The project "Innovation4Care - User driven innovation in the health care sector", supported by the Nordic Innovation Centre (2008-2010), is a collaboration between three Nordic regional healthcare organisations, Region Midtjylland (Denmark), Region Skåne (Sweden), and Helse Bergen (Norway), and three consultancies in the respective regions: MidtLab, Hybrid State AB and InnoVest AS. Together they have implemented a Crowdsourcing tool to support user driven innovation. The Danish-Swedish life science cluster Medicon Valley Alliance served as the project coordinator.
Click here to read more about the project and to download the full project report

 

New methods for user driven innovation in the health care sector
The project "New methods for User Driven Innovation in the health care sector" supported by the Nordic Innovation Centre (2008-2009), is a Danish-Norwegian-Swedish collaboration aiming to develop new methods for user driven innovation in the health care sector. The projected conducted six pilots focusing on six illnesses and patient groups. The project was coordinated by Econ Pöyry in Oslo, Norway.
Click here to read more about the project and to download the full project report