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.
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.
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?
The focus will be on individuals residing and working within the Dutch health or care systems.
When are applications due?
Applications are due by January 7, 2018 at 23:00, via an online application. Consider registering for one of two information webinars that will take place on December 15, 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 in early February (date TBD), and then 2 days of in-class sessions in late February (dates TBD) at the REshape Center on campus at Radboudumc in Nijmegen. Another 2 days of in-class sessions will be held in late May at REshape.
Outside of the formal classroom-based training, ~70 hours of additional training load is expected between mid-February and early June for optional virtual training sessions (once every 2 weeks for 1 hour), the team project, reading and connecting to faculty, coaches and peers in the cohort.
When and where do the in-person sessions take place?
In-class sessions in 2018 will be held at the REshape Center on campus at Radboudumc in Nijmegen in February 19 – 21 and May 22 – 23.
How much does the program cost?
The program is currently 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. However, any costs incurred by the participant are the responsibility of the participant or their organization. These include costs for travel, accommodations, food, and telephony associated with the program.
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 February and May will be included as part of the program.
What recognition do I receive when I complete the program?
It is already an achievement to be selected 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.
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?
The focus in the first 18 months 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 the end of 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?
The second cohort will run from February to June 2018. Thereafter, we expect another cohort to be offered from September to December 2018 — stay tuned for more details.
How many times will the program be offered in 2018?
We will run a cohort from February to June 2018, and expect to run another 2018 cohort from September to December — stay tuned for details. After 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.