Innovation in Healthcare

Innovation means bringing any new, problem-solving idea into use and requires an environment where people are empowered to innovate and put ideas into action. In healthcare, it may be a novel idea, product, service or care pathway that has clear benefits when compared to what is currently done. At the national level, addressing the issue of healthcare quality may be motivated by various reasons – ranging from a general commitment to high-quality healthcare provision as a public good or the renewed focus on patient outcomes in the context of popular value-based healthcare ideas to the identification of specific healthcare quality problems.

Taking an innovative idea through a product is challenging, there you can find all the support you need in your innovation pathway. This support could be through 3D printing technologies to address previously unmet clinical needs to enhance patient quality of life (The Rapid Innovation Unit), through education and training (MSc Design and Well Being) or getting funds to support an innovative idea (SPARK Funding)

 

The Rapid Innovation Unit

The Rapid Innovation Unit will develop, deliver and coordinate a programme for clinical immersion-based health technology development. The Rapid Innovation Unit will provide direct research support to identify and develop novel health technology innovations jointly between health care staff and interdisciplinary University researchers. The RIU will also lead the development of a programme of training in health technology innovation orientated towards front line health care staff. The programme of training will be focused on design thinking in health care and development methodologies to identify and develop novel health care solutions that have a high impact on clinical care.

The Rapid Innovation Unit will lead to the development of a health technology ecosystem and research support platform (technology development and training) which will continually rapidly identify and develop high-value research projects across clinical specialities where deployed.

Contact: Dr Leonard O’Sullivan  

Email: Leonard.OSullivan@ul.ie