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Healthcare Enablers helps care professionals and organisations to strengthen the capacity to innovate. We offer an overview of the most important technological developments that improve the quality of healthcare.

Prevention & Healthy living

The aim of prevention is to ensure that people stay healthy. It has a universal approach: improving and protecting health. But it can also be selective, deemed necessary, or disease related: preventing illness and complications or detecting them early.

Healthy living refers to an individual’s own behaviour and responsibilities. The most important motivation for living a healthy life comes from the confrontation of an individual with him or herself. Facts about a person’s own health serve as a mirror. In this first phase we describe five technological developments:
 
1 Holistic Tracking
2 Smartfood
3 Advanced Mobility
4 Internet of Things

Consultation

Consultation includes every interaction between a healthcare professional and healthcare user in the healthcare process, but also among healthcare users. Consultations give healthcare users the opportunity to ask for advice and can lead to a diagnosis, the prescription for treatment, or the decision to refrain from treatment.

The position of the individual in the consultation process is changing. Technological developments are strongly influencing this change and we described three:
 
1 Remotely Connected
2 Health Information Systems
3 Blockchain

Diagnosis

All analysis techniques, procedures and types of research and research results that aim to identify the cause of a health problem comprise Diagnosis. In the area of diagnosis, a lot has changed in the relationship between healthcare professional and healthcare user, partly because those who need healthcare have more knowledge and information at their disposal.

Technical developments put them more in control. Five examples of these technological developments are:

1 DIY Diagnostics
2 Consumer-omics
3 Big Data   
4 Artificial Intelligence
5 Enhanced Diagnostics

Treatment & Guidance

Treatment focuses on recovery from physical, mental and social health problems, or avoidance of aggravation of these problems, through medical, behavioural and/or paramedical treatment. Guidance refers to stabilizing or activating a person’s mental, social and physical performance.

Technological developments bring more possibilities and facilitate the diversity on which the (right) actions can be carried out. Within this phase we describe five developments:

1 Digital School
2 Printing Procedures
3 Robotic Operations  
4 Bionics
5 Advanced Therapeutics

Control & Monitoring

Control comprises the verification that treatments and support achieve the desired effect in patients. Monitoring can be a tool for control, for examining progress, and for reactive compliance.

Technological developments are changing the role and possibilities of the healthcare professional and healthcare user in this process. Within this care phase we see four major technological movements:

1 Domotics
2 Remote Monitoring
3 Robotic Care
4 Cyber Security
How innovative is my organisation?
Occasional innovator
Innovation seeker
Innovation builder
Innovation factory
Innovation leader
Not all organisations are equally advanced when it comes to innovation. The stage an organisation is at is determined on dimensions such as strategy and governance, funding, results and measurability, methods, culture, competencies and communication.

Wondering how innovative your organization is?
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7 tips from innovators

Start on the basis of a challenge, a social issue or a problem, not on the basis of technological possibilities
Right from the start, work in collaboration with the end user and relevant stakeholders
Create scope for experimentation, pilot studies and prototypes, both physically and financially, and with respect to time
‘Fail fast, succeed faster’: allow leeway for failure
Provide ‘proof of concept’: without scientific substantiation for the operation, innovation is doomed to fail
Share knowledge and experience of content and processes
Determine the business case for experimentation, implementation and structural use

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Philip J. Idenburg
+31 (0) 653 44 21 94

Philip J. Idenburg is a managing partner and strategy and innovation advisor at BeBright. In his approach, process and content go hand in hand and must ultimately lead to concrete innovation, as the foundation for the future success of organizations.

Vivian Dekkers

Vivian Dekkers is a BeBright advisor and supports clients by making strategic choices, guided by qualitative and quantitative analyses. Vivian has vast knowledge of all relevant healthcare trends and developments as a result of her involvement in BeBright Analytics and processes such as Diagnosis Healthcare Innovation and Diagnosis Transformation.

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