On the 25th of October 2018 Mr. István Csizmadia of the HoCare project’s partner National Healthcare service centre from Hungary was invited to participate and share HoCare’s experience at HELUIM project’s interregional workshop in Eindhoven. The event was linked to the Dutch Design Week and was a good case for policy learning as well. HELIUM stakeholders and project partners discussed the role of the living lab concept in regional policy instruments for health innovation.

Panelists: Mr. Bror Salmelin, Ms. Zsuzsanna Bódi, Mr. István Csizmadia, Mrs. Astrid Kaag, Mr. Grahame Smith, Ms. Ingrid Adriaensen

Experts of the panel and stakeholders shared their views and learnings about bringing the concepts of Mission-Driven Innovation, which is a top-down approach, and the Co-creation in Living Labs, which is bottom-up, together.

Mr. István Csizmadia, sharing the experiences of HoCare, one of the partner projects of HELIUM, emphasized that public driven innovation, identification and satisfaction of end users’ unmet needs and the goal to bring an innovation faster to market can help to eliminate the obstacles to bringing the concepts of Mission-driven Innovation and Co-creation in Living Labs together if stakeholders manage to establish quadruple helix cooperation. The first learnings in implementing an Interreg Europe partner’s action plan, shared by the HoCare lead partner, ANEL (CY), have already provided smart tips to successfully address challenges such as:

• Engagement of stakeholders in the AP’s development process from the very beginning by attracting their interest;

• Match-making real local needs with international experience (by introducing available good practices and selecting the main stakeholders to create a sub-stakeholder core group and offer them the opportunity to become the initiators accordingly their needs);

• Overcoming complicated public procedures (by exchanging information regularly and keeping everybody informed.

The panel discussion was followed by 2 parallel workshops exploring HELIUM Good Practices: CrossCare – SME support through interregional living lab cooperation and Alder Hey Innovation – patient-oriented hospital care.

As the closing part of the whole event, participants were offered a guided tour at the "Embassy of Health". The exposition "Chronic Health: If not us then who?" showed how a collective approach was crucial to designing healthcare and how healthcare products or services did not stand alone but interact with each other within a complex environment of care.

Mr. István Csizmadia, Project partner HoCare project and HELIUM Project

Ms. Zsuzsanna  Bódi , European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)

Mrs. Astrid Kaag, Lead partner ITHACA Project

Workshop exploring HELIUM Good Practices 

Embassy of Health