Innovation in healthcare: Involving patients

Seminar at the Department of Management in cooperation with INNO-X Healthcare

2019.01.07 | Merete Elmann

Date Thu 21 Feb
Time 13:00 15:00
Location Building S/2610, room S520-521, Aarhus BSS, Fuglesangs Allé 4, Aarhus V.

The Department of Management and INNO-X Healthcare are hosting the seminar Innovation in healthcare: Involving patients on 21 February at 13:00-15:00 in room S520-521, building S/2610, Fuglesangs Allé 4.


13:00-13:45 Patient Innovation — Empowering Patients, Sharing Solutions, Improving Lives (interactive session) by Professor Pedro Oliveira, Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS. Chaired by Sys Zoffmann Glud, Managing Director, BioMedical Design Novo Nordisk Foundation Fellowship Programme, Health, AU

We have created an online platform,, aimed at facilitating the sharing of solutions developed by patients and caregivers. In 4 years, over 1,600 innovations were submitted from a community of over 100,000 patients/caregivers in the 5 continents. About 850 innovation were screened by our medical team and are currently shared at Patient Innovation.

Currently we are developing an accelerator aimed to help patients/caregivers finding the resources technically to improve their solutions and to commercialize them, so more people can benefit from them. The ultimate goal is to empower patients and their informal caregivers to collaborate, co-create and innovate and create an ecosystem of patient innovations-based firms. 

Patient Innovation has been named Non-profit Startup of the Year and recognized by UN Secretary General for its contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, among other awards/recognitions.

13:45-14:15  Networking – with refreshments

14:15-14:45 Development, diffusion and adoption of health innovations by patients and caregivers by Professor Pedro Oliveira, Department of Strategy and Innovation, CBS. Chaired by Professor Lars Frederiksen, Department of Management, AU

Abstract: There is growing evidence that patients and their informal caregivers often develop innovative solutions to help them cope with their health disorders. In some cases, patients were even able to save their own lives. However, these innovations only rarely diffuse (e.g. DeMonaco et al. 2018, Oliveira et al. 2015, Zejnilovic et al. 2016). 

The diffusion of these user-developed solutions, and their peer-to-peer adoption, is a poor studied phenomenon, despite the fact that it can potentially improve the portfolio of health solutions available, decrease the costs of development, and consequently the healthcare costs, while increasing well-being and social welfare.

In this study, we present evidence on the extent to which patients and their caregivers innovate. In addition, using a large data set from a random and representative sample of residents in Portugal (N=6204), obtained during the second wave of a longitudinal, prospective, observational, population-based epidemiological study, we explore the characteristics of three groups of individuals: i) the developers of health-related solutions for own use, ii) the adopters of solutions developed by other patients or caregivers, and iii) the rest of the population. We also studied “intention to adopt” its grade and drivers associated. 

We analyzed group differences with respect to the socio-demographic factors, “trust in physicians” and “trust in medical science”, social interactions among peers, individual search effort for health information and quality of life. We found statistically significant differences among the three groups in search behavior and social interactions with peers. Also, we found a negative relationship between the trust in science and the adoption of patient-developed solutions, and the trust in physicians and intentions to adopt solutions. 

14:45-15:00  Q&A

Participation in the seminar is free; however registration is required. The deadline is 19 February at 12:00.