Failure of technological innovation in heathcare is a rule. Mainly due to slow adoption and abandonment; despite the fact that innovation is widely viewed as a significant potential contributor to health and wealth.
Almost in all organizational-level there is an adoption and mainstreaming of technological innovations that requires major changes in companies or the wider care system, which is poor because of the combined problems of non-adoption and abandonment by patients and doctors makes difficulties with scale-up, and spread.
The gap is even bigger between an ideal long-term sustainability of technology-supported to change healthcare and social care programs compare of what people really want to use.
The paradox started with telehealth. Despite much talk about as being considered as a new revolution, today looks as a small-scale proof-of-concept example, rarely mainstreamed or sustained only for remotes places not widespread.
In emerging markets the challenge is even bigger, as the more complex an innovation will be (or the setting in which it is introduced), the less likely it is to be successfully adopted, scaled up, spread, and sustained.Moreover, as innovation is more distant from the legal act of EMR (Electronic Medical Records), the less likely also to be considered as a source of being collected with a high rate of accuracy; On the contrary,-to add more complexity- the simpler solutions built, the sparse impact produced as not being included inside the doctor-patient relationship.
All new comming design thinking challenges in healthcare must be in favor of patients, and also understand that many failures of products will have a dead-end roadmaping.
For instance, the case of “Jawbone” -a hand tracking device- that failed big in fitness market, before getting it right when “reduce” its focus to healthcare market only as an IoMT (Internet of Medical Things). A market that drives this year $22.5 billions of dollars.
The negatives driving forces in healthcare innovation are the market fragmentation and the cybersecurity, mostly because of healthcare innovation is now considered as “light”, taking in count that can´t being considered as a reliable source of medical information; this is why the fad of fitness regimens devices and wearables will have a small impact at doctors´office.
Its imperative that medical images play a major role in merging innovation forces into healthcare, even before the use of fitness trackers.
However, this new mindset is not easy, and needs to be elevated into a “medical-grade” innovation to make it real and functional, in- and-out of doctor´s office, and finally into the mainstream.
To be honest, the most promising innovation up-to-date relies on Radiologist´s hands; where their radiological images can be a keystone with medical-grade innovation capacity, which should co-exists along with patient security, plus Artificial Intelligence in order to be correctly merged and balanced.
so let say the innovation healthcare formula is as follows:
MEDICAL DELIVERY INNOVATION = RADIOLOGY IMAGING INNOVATION + EXTRACTING AI + CYBERSECURITY FOR PATIENT ACCESS.
now simplify this,
INNOVATION = RADIOLOGY + AI + BLOCKCHAIN + CLOUD
Implementing new technologies will be a part of changes this new year to healthcare and social care services which is inherently challenging for balance.
While policy makers are hoping for technology to be implemented rapidly and at scale, the reality is that when dealing with the multiple factors of health and care, it is extremely difficult to go beyond small-scale demonstration projects that impact medical-patient’s relationship as some factors in the equation are not being considered.
The challenge is to further open up to collaboration…