lightBulb-paperA recent Innovating Health Roundtable event held in Sydney explored the Culture of Innovation in Healthcare. A key discussion point was in regards to the perceptions of what innovation means in healthcare.

Most people when they think about innovation in Australian healthcare generally think of the latest medical device, drug or treatment. Healthcare professionals are trained to think about the evidence base, research, medical technologies, drugs or therapies which can be improve care and better manage disease and healthcare conditions.

There needs to greater moves by those working within the healthcare system to think more about “system innovation”. That is, the ability for our healthcare system to better connect, provide information to people in the system, and to link processes to people for the benefit of those working in the health system as well as those using the system.

A summary paper of the themes explored at the event can be found here.