Innovation in Health Care: Strategy and Impact on the Nexus Education Research

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Verwulgen, Stijn; Baelus, Chris; Cornelis, Alfons; Van Kerckhoven, Vanessa
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: Artesis University College Antwerp, Belgium; 2: University of Antwerp, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute-Vaxinfectio
Section: Wellbeing
Page(s): 579-584
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


Transition from a professionally oriented educational program of the master in product development to an academic context (the Bologna process) has induced the need to scientifically underpin the outcomes of design processes, as conducted in the educational program. Moreover, the master in product development has opted for science and technology as substantial drivers for value creation. To translate results of scientific research into new products that have value from an economic as well as user perspective, a research and educational line was organized covering topics on ‘innovation in health care’. Our partners in industry, intermediate organisations of both industry and caretakers, other research groups and our own students supported this new track. In this paper, we illustrate how diverse projects are initiated in master theses, organised around different partnerships, and describe the merits for the master in product development as well as other academic partners involved.

Keywords: Valorisation, innovation in health care, product development


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