We've developed an Innovation Process Model that is non-linear, iterative, and has a responsive approach to resolving demand-driven health and care challenges.

Our model is underpinned by learning based innovation, embedded research expertise and creative co-design with front line staff and citizens, the model creates the conditions for a unique, whole system approach to health and care transformation.

We use it to support innovation all the way from idea to adoption at scale and impact focused knowledge exchange.

As part of our innovation process model we offer:

Research & knowledge management

We undertake market and practice research to inform the work carried out for our partners. This activity focusses around three main areas:

  • Research
  • Skills
  • Workforce development, knowledge management and knowledge exchange activities

Our research is demand driven and dictated by knowledge or information requirements / gaps identified by the DHI and other partners.

Research tasks come via “Research Requests”, which range from small information gathering exercises and rapid reviews to more extensive global market and literature reviews and major pieces of primary research

Operate a Demonstration & Simulation Environment (DSE)

Our DSE comprises of two parts:

  1. The first is a virtual environment where people come together to create and connect digital services, using simulated data for testing.
  2. The second is a physical environment that then demonstrates these technologies, alongside co-design and market analysis outputs, to engage and empower people to use digital capabilities to transform health and care services.

We've spent the last six years identifying common digital requirements across many services and continuously develop a menu of commercially available systems to satisfy these needs.

We use open platform principles, well recognised standards, and Open APIs to integrate these systems as needed. This has led to a new way of co-designing, developing, and implementing new health and care service models. Instead of trying to wedge an existing product into a healthcare process, DHI and partners redesign the service and draw on a menu of flexible, generic digital tools to empower the new model of care.

This allows us to respond to urgent and rapid innovation requests with an existing innovation environment, design and prototyping methods, a team who had experience of how to transform a digitally powered idea into a real service, a menu of reusable digital infrastructures and a network of users, clinicians, academics, eHealth teams and industry partners.

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