“Emperor’s New Clothes or the Way Forward? The Opportunities & Challenges of Clinical Innovation”. This was 2015’s teaser title for the Cardiff University Innovation Network event, held at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.
While my professional links with clinical healthcare are limited, I continue to find the subject area compelling. In Wales it’s a perennial political football. Part of my problem in observing and digesting these events might be that I’m hankering for some BBC Question Time style debate, which is never likely to happen.
Having attended the previous two related events in 2013 and 2014, my trilogy would be completed with one more trip to north Cardiff, so I went see if this one would unearth anything new for the medical layman. Continue reading →
Having attended this equivalent Cardiff University event last year and been encouraged by a level of tangible innovation, I was keen to take a return trip to see how the 2014 version compared.
The event back on January 22nd seemed especially pertinent. Leading the news headlines in Wales over the previous week had been two separate, tragic incidents in the north and south of Wales, both concerning excessive waiting times for ambulances, both leading to fatalities. Additional stories this week have concerned the postponement of planned surgery across north Wales due to increased pressure, and a plan to centralise care for babies born in west Wales.
Cardiff University’s latest Innovation Network event presented Stephen Fear, a lifelong entrepreneur who set up his first company in 1969, aged 16. He bought a cleaning formula from an American company advertising in the Exchange & Mart, after claiming a council estate phone box as his personal office for transatlantic calls.
Stephen Fear calmly took to the lectern on an unsettled autumn evening which blustered and spat outside. His was a sturdy and unflashy presence: smart business suit, no tie, a gentle West Country lilt to his voice suggestive of the Bristol roots.
Last week’s Cardiff University Innovation Network at Heath Hospital’s School of Medicine promised a tour of healthcare innovation. Interest piqued, I went sightseeing.
“… real innovation will not be about new healthcare technology. It will be how the medical community rewires the way it works and collaborates by innovating business models with streamlined organisation, processes and automation.”
Health, Technology and the Forgotten Stepchild of Innovation: John Nosta & Faisal Hoque; Forbes, 26/01/2013