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 8: Responsible research and innovation: innovation initiatives for positive social impact

Raj Kumar Thapa and Tatiana Iakovleva


Based on an explorative case study of a privately owned Norwegian firm within the medical industry, this chapter addresses the question of how do business organizations pursue responsible innovation in business development and create positive social impact. Through analysis of purpose, process, and outcomes of the innovation process at the firm level from a responsibility point of view, we conclude that responsible perspectives and practices during the whole innovation process allow businesses to achieve a positive social impact and sustainable business growth. Based on these findings, we suggest a social impact assessment framework in the context of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

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