Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Care Industry an innovation wasteland

I recently wrote about the dire state of innovation in the UK's Care Industry. It doesn't make it any better, but it is reassuring to know, that our American cousins don't seem to be faring much better.

This article from the Chicago News is about Bell Labs and techniques they employed to make a step change in the quality of their new product development.

This is a summarised quote by the journalist  who suggest that the same thinking should be applied to the health and care.

The truth is that even after the digital revolution has transformed the world of business, we have broadly maintained the same stale approach to caring for the elderly. Nursing homes and hospitals can rarely shape the networks of care that would drive a broadly preventative approach. The elderly cycle in and out of institutions even though new technologies might keep them healthier and happier at home. And the result is an expensive system that too often stifles real innovation.

Yep, that sounds like the UK. 

The rewards for those that get it right will be immense. Dick Stroud

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