Australia needs a new mindset if we are to deliver innovation in healthcare. Healthcare is full of smart people who can create improvements and be catalysts for change. There are lots of things happening and many good ideas. But they work in a system which has many barriers and constraints.
  • Current methodologies and processes do not allow innovation to happen easily;
  • Digital technology and societal changes are taking pace at a faster rate than internal innovation projects or research programs can deliver;
  • There needs to be a process where innovation projects are managed differently to normal projects which would enable the ability to accept failure, learn from mistakes and invest in scaling good ideas which have been proven.
How can healthcare build a culture of innovation and ultimately transform to be a better-connected system? When Simon Terry, the founder of Change Agents Worldwide, led an Innovating Health roundtable discussion in Sydney on the culture of innovation in healthcare, the group of health and industry leaders agreed there was a need for system innovation.
Australia needs a new mindset if we are to deliver innovation in healthcare. Healthcare is full of smart people who can create improvements and be catalysts for change. There are lots of things happening and many good ideas. But they work in a system which has many barriers and constraints.
  • Current methodologies and processes do not allow innovation to happen easily;
  • Digital technology and societal changes are taking pace at a faster rate than internal innovation projects or research programs can deliver;
  • There needs to be a process where innovation projects are managed differently to normal projects which would enable the ability to accept failure, learn from mistakes and invest in scaling good ideas which have been proven.
How can healthcare build a culture of innovation and ultimately transform to be a better-connected system? When Simon Terry, the founder of Change Agents Worldwide, led an Innovating Health roundtable discussion in Sydney on the culture of innovation in healthcare, the group of health and industry leaders agreed there was a need for system innovation.
One attendee said: “I have a list of over 150 good ideas but no easy process to enable these projects to move forward. We need to find those innovations on the edge of our system already underway and lift them up.”

It’s time to accept the traditional approaches may not fit. And it seems a process which allows better balance of risk versus reward in regards to innovation would be widely welcomed. Most importantly, when we speak innovation isn’t it time to be talking health system innovation.