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Inclusive Health Innovation Summit
Start Date: Jan 29, 2014
End Date: Jan 30, 2014
Venue: Cape Town
Description: The Bertha Centre, at the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business is a center of excellence dedicated to research, teaching, dialogue and support of social innovation in Africa. With support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Bertha Centre is developing an incusive innovation hub for Africa (Workshop 17) at the V&A Waterfront. Workshop 17, a physical space of 2900sqm, will be dedicated to the practical development of solutions by students and the broader Cape Town community. To address the key priority social challenge area of healthcare, the Bertha Centre has established a dedicated portfolio of work – the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Initiative.

The initiative aims to be a platform for multi-sectoral and trans-disciplinary collaboration and a thought leader for healthcare innovation in an African context. The vision is to contribute to health systems transformation through igniting innovation.

Why Inclusive Healthcare Innovation?
Now more than ever, solutions are required to improve the health of people and transform health systems in Africa. Over the past two decades, significant investments have been made but these have not translated in achieving the aspired health outcomes. Most African countries are falling short of meeting the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. A new approach is needed to address the multiple health challenges faced by Africa: the quadruple disease burden, acute shortages of health workers, deficiencies in leadership and management and a lack of patient empowerment. Each of the health challenges is an opportunity for innovation to occur. Internationally the need for disruptive innovation in healthcare has been proclaimed, but amidst the burst scientific and technological developments taking place, we’re yet to uncover what is really required in the African context? For true systems transformation to occur, solutions should be developed in all categories including: service delivery, technology, financial-models, medical-management, infrastructure and the relational patterns between people within the system.
The innovation process has the ability to create these new and better solutions which can add value and improve the care delivered to people. To ensure a responsible and safe process, it is required that innovation activities are aligned to the priority health needs in each country, driven by empathy for people, is low cost and affordable and inclusive of ideas arising from all participants in the health system – patients, health workers, entrepreneurs etc.

Why the Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Summit?
To unleash the creativity within Africa and to ignite the development of new solutions for the delivery of better care in Africa, the Bertha Centre will be hosting the first Inclusive Health Innovation Summit in Cape Town, South Africa on 29 & 30 January 2014. The Summit, is an ideal way to kick start a conversation on this topic, one that is capable of bringing radical change in perceptions and mindsets. The Summit will unite leaders and innovators in healthcare from a diverse array of organisations including government, private health industry, academia and non-profit as well as health workers, patient groups and students. They will focus on the health priorities and discuss a new methodology for achieving improved health goals. In recognition of the Cape Town designation World Design Capital 2014, the theme of the Summit is “ designing solutions, addressing needs”. This will set the tone for local and international experts to share their experiences, gain user-insight, become aware specific health needs requiring innovation, learn from best-practice solutions and be equipped with skills creative ways to use in transforming the health system.

The Health Innovators Review & Mobile Health Hackathon In conjunction with the Summit two further activities will be undertaken:

The 2013/2014 Health Innovator’s Review – a publication to acknowledge the leading health innovators in South Africa who have successfully implemented a solution that has achieved a positive impact in healthcare. The goals of this publication is to provide passionate and resilient innovators with enhanced exposure locally and internationally, to share solutions across continents and to inspire a new generation of Africans of their inherent ability to bring about meaningful change in healthcare. Innovators will receive the opportunity to present at the
Summit and the publication will be released.
• Mobile Health Hackathon – in partnership with RLabs (www.rlabs.org) entrepreneurs, innovators, health workers, developers, designers and students will be given the opportunity to participate in a 2-day workshop (24 & 25 January 2014) to be guided through the humancentred design process and to develop a prototype of a mobile health solutions, capable of addressing the chronic disease needs in South Africa. The semi-finalists will present their work during the Summit and the best application will be awarded.

Office Telephone: +27 21 406 1470 Email: berthacentre@gsb.uct.ac.za

Website: http://www.gsb.uct.ac.za
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: The Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business
Participation Requirements: Open

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