The Innovating Health Series was in Brisbane for another in its design executive events. A design thinking format has been introduced to these events as a way to move beyond discussion, harness collective experience, and strive to achieve practical outcomes and take-aways.
The problem statement introduced by Simone Finch, Founder of the Westminster Initiative focused on digitally-enabled informed consent. Simone was asked to define the problem statement as she has a wealth of experience across the health and social sectors. Among this experience, Simone has previously led a Hospital and Health Service, a PHN, as well as building strategies in mental health and providing advice on traversing the complexities of health and social care and the NDIS scheme.
Simone posed a practical case study problem that expressed the complexity across health and social services. The issues highlighted, while extreme, are experienced regularly by health providers, practitioners, carers and consumers. As digital systems and data become more pervasive in the health and care sector we are often still challenged by data governance and appropriate use. The session sought to focus on a specific case study example where there is potential for informed consent to be enabled by digital.
The design thinking session over lunch was then worked through on the stated problem with a group of 25+ health leaders and consumer group representatives. There was active discussion with a number of key outputs from the event.
The take-away points from this health leader discussion are highlighted in the summary report here.