Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the Health Innovation School started?

This program was developed in response to the pace, magnitude and complexity of change coming to the health system. It is beyond anything we have experienced in the past century or more (as has already happened in other core systems of Dutch society – retail, banking, manufacturing and other sectors).

All of these elements are NEW: entrants into health(care), business models, conventions, health professionals’ roles, patient needs & expectations.

The Dutch health system as a whole, and nearly every organization and player within it are turning to innovation to cope with – and remain relevant within – this rapidly changing environment.

Innovation is now a necessary competency for everyone across health and care, no matter what role or level.

Unfortunately, available courses, master classes, & HR systems were not designed with the content nor scale to support future innovation leaders. This advanced and highly specialized training program fills this vital gap in teaching future leaders “how” to enable and lead innovation across the Dutch health(care) system.

What is the Health Innovation School?

The Health Innovation School is Netherlands’ first ever specialized health innovation training program aimed at future leaders, from across all sub-sectors of the health & care system (including patients!). The program is tailored to changing attitudes & behaviors in the new era of innovation. The objective is to arm future leaders from across the Dutch health(care) system with the required knowledge, mindsets and competencies to lead or enable health & care innovation at a whole system scale.

Why is the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport taking the lead on this program?

The Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport has set ambitious eHealth goals that cannot be met with current limited capacity for innovation across the system.  As the Ministry was rolling out policies and programs to help the system reach these goals, it became clear that there was a leadership gap in having the needed mindsets, attitudes and behaviors to enable and lead innovation across the Dutch system.  A formal decision by the government was made via a letter to Dutch parliament in late 2016 to invest in creating a curriculum to teach the “how” of health innovation. The Ministry joined forces with the Radboudumc REshape Center to co-create and deliver the program as a prototype in 2017, with plans to scale it more broadly in 2018 and beyond.

Is this focused only on sick care / cure? Or all health and wellness too?

The Health Innovation School is focused on innovations required to create, maintain or restore health in the Netherlands. Therefore the full continuum of health is required to be part of the training program in order to maximize the impact. This includes future leaders and health practitioners who work in areas like Public Health, prevention, and wellness.

What distinguishes this program from other available training on innovation or digital health?

Available courses, master classes, & in-house HR or training programs at organizations were not designed with the deliberate intent to train future innovation leaders at a whole system level. There is also no training where patients and health professionals are side by side with other players from across the system.  This advanced and highly specialized training program fills this vital gap in teaching future leaders “how” to enable and lead innovation across the Dutch health(care) system.

Who qualifies to participate in the program?

This program is designed for future health innovation leaders in the Dutch health(care) system. The ideal candidates for the first cohort are individuals with the following characteristics:

  • In middle to upper management, project leader, or senior advisor roles

  • With complex health organizations from across the Dutch health(care) system – including government (central, local), agencies, insurers, health delivery organizations, health professionals, home care, nursing homes, academics, and business

  • Are (or will soon be) responsible for enabling health innovation that crosses silos of health(care)

  • Are working on key files or with key organizations that can enable or impact the innovation efforts of other individuals or organizations in the Dutch health(care) system

  • Patients, families and informal caregivers with lived experience who are passionate about co-creating innovation with players from across the Dutch health system

The program is NOT designed for people with significant innovation experience already, or individuals who are not in a role or organization that can significantly impact how health care and preventative care is designed, delivered or can impact the lives of Dutch citizens.

Can I participate if I do not speak or read in Dutch?

The curriculum will be delivered in both English and Dutch. However, a strong proficiency in speaking, writing and communicating in the Dutch language is a requirement to participate this year.

Can I participate if I am from a country other than the Netherlands?

In 2017 the focus will be on individuals residing and working within the Dutch health or care systems.

When are applications due?

Applications are due by May 15, 2017 at 23:00, via an online application.  Consider registering for one of two information webinars that will take place on May 1, 2017 at 9:00 (register here) or 16:00 (register here).  For more information on key dates for the program, click here.

How many hours a week do I need to commit? During what time period?

The program begins with a 1 hour kick off call on June 12, and then 2 days of in-class sessions June 22-23. Another 2 days of in-class sessions will be held in mid-September.  All classes are at the Radboudumc campus in Nijmegen.  Outside of the formal classroom-based training, ~70 hours of additional training load is expected between mid-June and late October, for practice exercises, the team project, reading and connecting to faculty, coaches and peers in the cohort.

How many people will be in the program?

The first cohort will be limited to 50 participants. The cohort will have a mix of government + insurance + health delivery + health professional + business + patients perspectives and will ensure participants join from a broad geographic reach.

 We expect to have more applicants than spots available, therefore please first ensure your profile fits the Applicant Profile and that you are able to fully participate in the program’s in person sessions, applied learning project, and class connections outside of the classroom.

When and where do the in-person sessions take place?

In-class sessions in 2017 will be held at Radboudumc in Nijmegen on June 22-23 and Sept 14-15.

How much does the program cost?

In 2017, the program is available at no cost. Outside of the time commitment to complete the in-session and virtual work, there is no charge to participate in the School in this first year.

Will my costs for travel, lodging, food, IT, etc. subsidized?

All incurred expenses for travel, lodging (if needed), telephony, etc will be expected to be covered by the participant.  Meals, snacks and refreshments during the in-class sessions in June and September will be included as part of the program.

What support will I receive?

There are several levels of support for participants in the program. The first is via access to the Core and Guest Faculty (Trainers).  The second is peer-to-peer support, enabled via collaboration and communication tools for the cohort, such as a dedicated Slack channel, and a portal on the course website. The final source of support is the coach with expertise in human-centered innovation who will support small teams of 4-6 participants in working through milestones for their Action Project. The coaches will provide hands-on support for up to four hours per month per team. Through onsite and remote support, coaches will help the teams model and reinforce the concepts, methods and mindsets they learn in the in-class training sessions.

Do I have to take part on my own or can I form a group?

Individual applications are required for the program, however we encourage you to form a small group of 2-3 individuals from your organization and indicate this in your application.  Small groups can also form AFTER being approved for the program to propose an innovation challenge to be tackled for the Action Project.

What recognition do I receive when I complete the program?

It is already an achievement to be selected for the first ever cohort for this program. Participants who participate during the 4 days of in class sessions and successfully complete their Action Project (pitch + submit final deliverable) will receive a certificate of completion and any associated professional accreditation hours.

Can I obtain accreditation points?

The Health Innovation School program is in the process of confirming that it meets the accreditation criteria of the Radboudumc Health Academy (stay tuned for further information).  Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion which can also be used to apply for accreditation hours through their accreditation body.

What language will the materials and in person sessions be delivered in?

The course materials and programs will be developed and delivered in both Dutch and English, as we are drawing on the best thinking, tools, materials and expertise from across the Netherlands and the globe.

Why is the program in a prototype format this year?

The focus in the first year is to develop the new curriculum and program design, and iterate on it through direct feedback from the participants, and peer review from global experts. By 2018 the curriculum will be made available more widely in an open source format so that more (future) leaders can be trained in how to enable and lead innovation in the Dutch health(care) system.

Is there another cohort later in the year that I can apply to?

For this first year, the program will only be available in one cohort from June to October 2017.  There will be a second, smaller one-time cohort of senior executives who will undergo a much lighter version of the program from September to December 2017, focused on creating the right environment for health innovation to thrive.

Will the program be offered next year (2018)?

In 2018 the curriculum will be made available more widely in an open source format so that more (future) leaders can be trained in how to enable and lead innovation in the Dutch health(care) system.