Developing an index of global healthcare innovation
There is much anecdote
and received wisdom about healthcare innovation. But while the volume of
research on healthcare innovation
processes has grown, what is lacking is an evaluation of where different
countries stand in relation to their healthcare
innovation capacity – their capabilities for adopting innovative solutions
developed elsewhere and for originating innovations themselves.
A tool for comparing
indicators of healthcare innovation across countries would be valuable in two
- It would focus attention on the relative
performance of a country’s health system in relation to innovation
activity, pinpointing its strengths and weaknesses, identifying
bottlenecks and issues for attention. This would enable policy makers and
the healthcare sector – funders, providers, the supply chain – to identify
and prioritize the levers that can have the greatest impact on innovation.
- It would help medical technology and life
sciences companies by providing an understanding of the attractiveness of
each country’s health system as a market for their products, as a source
of innovations, and as a location for R&D.
There has been work
on measuring the ‘readiness’ of individual healthcare organizations such as
hospitals to adopt innovations by scoring them against various
theoretically-derived determinants. However, there has been little work on the
creation of an international comparative healthcare innovation index. The few
reports that exist are based on a small number of countries and limited and untheorized
In a preliminary
study, funded by PIRU, with colleagues at Imperial College Business School, we
reviewed existing indices on general
innovation, entrepreneurship and health innovation, to understand the theoretical, technical
and data requirements for building a global healthcare innovation index.
We are now seeking
funding to develop a prototype version of the index.
Project team: James
Barlow, Erkko Autio, Tiago Cravo Oliveira, Eliana Barrenho, Antoine Vernet.
A working paper will be published by PIRU by the
end of 2016.