Responsible Innovation in Digital Health
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Responsible Innovation in Digital Health

Empowering the Patient

Edited by Tatiana Iakovleva, Elin M. Oftedal and John Bessant

Powerful new approaches and advances in medical systems drive increasingly high expectations for healthcare providers internationally. The form of digital healthcare – a suite of new technologies offering significant benefits in cost and quality – allow institutions to keep pace with society’s needs. This book covers the need for responsible innovation in this area, exploring the issues of implementation as well as potential negative consequences to ensure digital healthcare delivers for the benefit of all stakeholders.
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Chapter 2: Responsible innovation as a catalyst of the firm innovation process

Tatiana Iakovleva, Elin M. Oftedal and John Bessant


This chapter explores the concept of responsible innovation, examines its limitations and links it to the discussion of firm innovation process. In this chapter we first provide an overview of the field, followed by the discussion of purpose, process and outcome of innovation. Innovation is described as a complex process in the context of uncertainty where design space occupies an important role. We argue that with the high levels of uncertainty involved in radical or disruptive innovations, there is a need to keep design space open, allowing anticipation and reflexivity to happen to achieve a responsible solution.

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