We are strongly promoting the installation of innovation capabilities in healthcare institutions, through an innovation program, in conjunction with Pro Salud Chile and CORFO and supported by the Chilean Ministry of Health. This program has three stages: 1) Training program to install capacities in health institutions, 2) Matchmaking between challenges of health institutions and solutions of companies/entrepreneurs/startups, and 3) Implementation of solutions in health institutions.
The training program consisted of two modules. In the first, “Innovation in health”, innovation capabilities have been installed in health institutions. In this module, 92 participants and 27 health institutions (80% public institutions, 20% private) participated, of which only 10 met the requirements and advanced to module 2, “Innovation Methodology”. The second module is an adaptation of the design thinking methodology already described. In it, the open innovation challenges that each health care institution wants to work on have been identified. At this stage, it is important to design a brief technical sheet describing the challenge to be solved.
This stage has aimed to connect the challenge(s) posed by the healthcare institutions, with possible existing solutions in the digital health ecosystem. For this, it has been crucial to make a call for companies and startups that have solutions that solve the challenges. This call has included: the development of a technical sheet of the challenge to be solved, the competition rules that are the frame of reference for the applicants (requirements that companies must meet to carry out the pilot, as well as an institutional commitment to carry it out), and the dates of the most relevant milestones. This stage has been supported by the Corporación de Fomento de la Producción (Conecta Corfo).
To begin with the implementation of the solutions in the institution, we recommend an “internal launch” that addresses the journey that people have taken on the innovation journey. This “internal launch” should consider the challenge identified, a description of the pilot to be conducted and, most importantly, invite all key internal and external stakeholders to ensure institutional commitment to the successful development of the pilot
Institutional launching of the solutions to be validated in:
A) Hospital San José de Melipilla
B) National Cancer Institute
C) Hospital Dr. Eloísa Díaz in La Florida
D) Hospital Adriana Cousiño in Quintero