Quality of care increases with investments in innovation, and innovation has the potential of revolutionizing healthcare, for the benefit of patients and of the whole healthcare system. This is particularly true in the field of pediatrics, as children are the citizens of the future. Though it may overlap with research, innovation has its own methodology, which is under-recognized in healthcare. Patients’ needs, as well as clinical and organizational needs may be addressed with powerful ideas that often remain unexplored.
Innovation thrives in interdisciplinary environments where competencies intersect with synergy for creating new values. Especially when innovation focuses on technological solutions, it requires the collaboration of different stakeholders for the processes of prototyping, evaluating business models, programming the way to the market and adoption in the healthcare setting.
New professional skills are required to manage the intersection of different professional profiles in the process of innovation. Healthcare workers and the general public should be able to access new educational paths for assimilating, speeding-up and fertilizing innovation processes in healthcare.