New publication to inspire the healthcare innovations of tomorrow

The State of Healthcare
The State of Healthcare: from challenges to opportunities.
DNV GL today launched a new healthcare publication, The State of Healthcare – From Challenges to Opportunities at the 20th annual BMJ IHI International Forum on Patient Safety and Quality in London.

The publication is a collaboration with Monday Morning Sustainia and showcases both the challenges facing healthcare globally and the good news – many examples from around the world of how people, initiatives and organizations are developing the healthcare systems of tomorrow, today.

Taken together, these examples show that fundamental change is possible, particularly when people adopt systems approaches to risk management and to co-creating healthcare solutions (patients, care-givers and authorities working in active partnership).

DNV GL Group President and CEO Henrik O. Madsen says, “DNV GL is a world leader in risk management across many safety-critical industries. This publication is a part of our growing commitment to bringing our expertise and resources to bear on the healthcare industry, which faces critical threats to its sustainability in many parts of the world. With this publication we hope to inspire a shift to patient-centered, sustainable healthcare systems and practices.”

Joining DNV GL and Sustainia at the launch of the publication were Margaret Murphy (WHO Patients for Patient Safety) and Jeffrey Braithwaite (Professor and Director of the Centre for Health Care Resilience and Implementation Science at Macquarie University).

Written to be accessible, the 168-page report concentrates primarily on three key regions: China, the USA and Europe. It incorporates a critical review of existing knowledge as well as the results of three stakeholder roundtables in Shanghai, Washington and Brussels.

The State of Healthcare – From Challenges to Opportunities is the result of extensive stakeholder engagement following the publication in April 2014 by DNV GL of its guide, Person-Centred Care: Co-Creating a Healthcare Sector for the Future. Over the last year, DNV GL and Sustainia have presented knowledge and insights from that publication at 10 healthcare conferences in 10 different regions across four continents.

As direct preparation for the paper launched today, they conducted roundtables to discuss the way ahead with high profile participants in China, Europe, and the USA in order to uncover the barriers to and the opportunities for co-creating more sustainable healthcare systems.

The State of Healthcare – From Challenges to Opportunities can be accessed and downloaded here.

SUSTAINIA is an innovation platform where companies, NGOs, foundations and thought leaders come together in creating tangible approaches to sustainability. With a focus on readily available solutions, Sustainia’s mission is to mature markets and sectors for sustainable models, products, and services. The work of Sustainia equips decision makers, CEOs, and citizens with the solutions, arguments, visions, facts, and networks needed to accelerate a sustainable transformation in sectors, industries, and our everyday lives.

The concept of Sustainia was developed by Scandinavian think tank, Monday Morning, in a collaborative effort with global companies, foundations, organizations, and experts. Since 1989, Monday Morning has addressed megatrends in our society: sustainability, healthcare, welfare, and financial systems, to name but a few. On a national and international level, Monday Morning works for an innovative society where old barriers between sectors, institutions, and leaders are torn down in an effort to locate common challenges and shared solutions.

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DNV GL will seek out the best practices in risk thinking to support the further development of high quality, person-centred care. We welcome the opportunity to work with others to make this vision a reality for all.

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