Needs-based innovation is a time-proven method for identifying potential gaps in medical care. It is well accepted and adopted by the leading biomedical innovation organizations, including the World Health Organization, Harvard and Stanford Universities (1-3).
As was phrased by the director of the Stanford University's Biodesign Fellowship, “a characterized need is the DNA of a great invention.”
The premises of the method is that deep understanding of the local environment, coupled with intentional exploration of the potential gaps, is the basis for need identification and hence potential innovative thinking for groundbreaking technological advancements.
Within the healthcare system, who better to understand and identify unmet needs than the everyday healthcare professionals?
In the RMCIL, we teach and guide this method, in order to identify, characterize and foster innovative needs from within our tertiary hospital & clinics.
3. Brinton TJ, et al. Ann Biomed Eng 2013;41:1803–10