Adopting innovation in health and social care can certainly be a challenge.
Though most organisations are familiar with setting up innovation pilots, in the event that the pilot is successful there are still many barriers to adopting and scaling up the innovation. Successful pilots that do not scale and fail to cross the ´Valley of Death´ are a waste of time, resources, and opportunities. Even worse, they have a negative impact as they demoralise people and personnel, and thereby damage any innovation culture.
To explore and overcome all these barriers, We4AHA partners, Ticbiomed and EHTEL, held a workshop session on 2nd December 2019 in Barcelona. The workshop aim was to discuss how to start a successful innovation journey all the way from pilot conception to adoption and scale-up. The workshop gathered around 30 participants, mainly from public and private health and social care organisations, who shared insights and experiences with each other.
To facilitate the debate, two sub-groups held discussions: one dealt with the pilot preparatory phase and the other with pilot execution. The two groups’ ten top recommendations are presented below.
Recommendations during the pilot preparation phase
Recommendations during the pilot implementation phase
WE4AHA partners want to thank all the participants for their outstanding contributions to the workshop, and for working to make possible better health and care, and active and healthy ageing.