Title: Notions of innovation in healthcare services and products

Authors: Tom Page

Addresses: Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, UK

Abstract: This investigation explores the role innovations play in the healthcare system within the UK. Discussions include the debate surrounding the definition of the term innovation, as well as the importance of innovations on patients and the current barriers that halt innovations being implemented. The study concludes by suggesting that the term 'innovation' is overused and therefore it is unsurprising that many people become confused, suggestions are made for more detailed definitions and possibly clearer definitions within specific industries. Other conclusions include recommendations on the way innovations are approached by the healthcare industry as well as the believed barriers to innovations.

Keywords: product innovation; service innovation; healthcare services; UK; United Kingdom; innovation definition; innovation barriers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2014.066609

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2014 Vol.8 No.3, pp.217 - 231

Received: 01 Feb 2013
Accepted: 06 Nov 2013

Published online: 27 Dec 2014 *

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