Innovation can enhance health systems by improving disease prevention, enabling personalised medicine and increasing access to care. The COVID-19 crisis was an eye-opener globally on the need to better equip healthcare systems to respond to public health threats. During the pandemic, innovation was key in uncovering more regulatory flexibility and new clinical trial models. Innovation also helped to drive increased production and the development of new solutions, while allowing for the rapid adaptation of devices and processes.
This EIT Health Think Tank research project ‘Unlocking innovation to build more resilient and sustainable healthcare systems in Europe’ gathers expert insight into the potential for innovation in health to support the creation of more resilient and sustainable healthcare systems in Europe by capitalising on the considerable benefits that innovation can provide. To date, the role and perspective of innovation in a holistic sense, integrating the wider societal (i.e. socio-economic) aspects of health, remain largely unexplored as a key factor in building resilient and sustainable healthcare systems.
Thus, the EIT Health Think Tank report highlights existing barriers to the full deployment of innovation and presents research participants’ recommendations on how innovation can best build and support resilient and sustainable healthcare systems moving forward, either by developing, linking to and strengthening ongoing initiatives or by proposing new approaches to care delivery.
We need to unveil existing roadblocks, gather learnings from the pandemic and provide recommendations for policy action, in order to create resilient and sustainable healthcare systems. EIT Health is uniquely placed to do this transformational work and engage with stakeholders to build future-proof health systems through innovation.