NHS goes crowdsourcing: innovation at the heart of health
- Published on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:26
- Written by Vicki Mitchem
West of England Academic Health Science Network is using crowdsourcing to capture ideas from across its 30,000 strong network to achieve measurable gains in health and well-being.
"We have some lofty objectives for the West of England AHSN and see Idea Spotlight for Government as a key tool in helping to achieve those," said Deborah Evans, Managing Director of West of England AHSN. "We need to engage a diverse audience from a large geographical area and connect the network together. This tool is an ideal way to do this – it makes it easy for us to capture and test ideas, promote opportunities and challenges, and engage across organisational, sector and geographic boundaries."
West of England AHSN is one of 15 networks across England, launched by Government in May 2013 with an aim of transforming health and healthcare by putting innovation at the heart of the NHS. One of the ways West of England AHSN is doing this is by using Wazoku's Idea Spotlight for Government to captures ideas from across the network from people at all levels and with all responsibilities. People are asked to submit ideas in response to specific challenges posed by the AHSN. These ideas are then developed and used to gain consensus about issues, assess priorities and speed up adoption of evidence based practice.
"Ii is is a versatile and effective tool for the public sector, whether it is used to engage with the public in policy consultations or to create innovation communities to address and improve service delivery like West of England AHSN," said Simon Hill, MD and founder Wazoku. "Improving the actual health and well-being of citizens is a complex challenge but West of England AHSN has shown that it takes the challenge seriously by using the best tools for the job."
Idea Spotlight for Government is a Software-as-a-Service that allows central or local government departments to create its own internal or external communities for ideas, innovation, feedback and insight. These communities are then engaged to help address the challenges faced by the public sector, such as more effective service provision, efficiency gains and policy development.