Global Innovation Defined in 280 Characters or Less

Sharing ideas for global innovation

We asked our members from around the world to define what global innovation means to them. Here's what they had to say—in 280 characters or less.

For innovation to succeed we need safe, secure and scalable environments for solutions to be developed, tested and deployed in. This means legislating for and enforcing unified healthcare cybersecurity and interoperability standards across the globe.

– Dr. Saif F. Abed, founding partner, AbedGraham; a HIMSS International member

Innovation is never about technology, it's always about people, it's about getting everyone on the innovation train.

– Bart Collet, Hyperadvancer; a HIMSS Liaison

Global innovation is fundamental change that impacts on multiple countries creating a paradigm shift in how people live their lives. In health this will be nothing less than a renegotiation of the balance of power between healthcare professionals and the public.

– James Freed, chief information officer, Health Education England; a HIMSS International member

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Global innovation faces a challenge: how to make that successfully piloted solutions get adopted. Innovation without adoption is money for nothing. All the ecosystem should be aware and commit, not only to innovation, but also to adoption.

– Jorge Gonzalez, director, TICBioMed; a HIMSS International member

Global Innovation: An innovative technology, process, or business model that improves care access, reduces costs, or improves outcomes at scale across multiple demographics, cultures, and payment models. Must improve the lives of people who have been historically disadvantaged.

– Ryne Natzke, senior manager, Strategic Healthcare Partnerships, TrustCommerce and advisor, HealthX Ventures; a HIMSS Innovation Committee member

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Global innovation is the prototyping, testing and scaling of products and services reducing health inequalities and improving societal outcomes across the world. This relies on collaboration to overcome barriers and solve real problems.

– Sam Shah, director of Digital Development, NHS England; a HIMSS International member

To meet the huge healthcare needs, developing countries like India need to focus on accessible, affordable and quality healthcare delivery models. To achieve this innovations should be affordable, sustainable, simple and scalable.

– Dr. R. Venkatesh, Aravind Eye Hospital; a HIMSS International member

The views and opinions expressed in this blog or by commenters are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HIMSS or its affiliates.

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Originally published January 22, 2019