Academy Discourse: Innovation in Healthcare


event 25 Samhain 201318:00

Venue: Academy House
Date: Monday 25th November 2013, 6 pm

Innovation in Healthcare

Innovation has delivered incalculable benefits to billions of people. But the demands of this century will require even greater change because many health systems are rapidly becoming unsustainable. Not only does the non-communicable disease epidemic threaten to overwhelm health services. The costs of care are also rising, and this at a time when many countries face perhaps a decade of fiscal consolidation. In his lecture, Professor Darzi will discuss these drivers of innovation, arguing that more of the same will not be enough to restore health systems' sustainability: fundamentally new ways of delivering care will need to be found that are at once better and inexpensive. Although this is clearly a challenge that has not yet been met, Professor Darzi will point to innovations from the emerging world with the potential to reshape health services in developed countries. A key part of the answer will be to close the gap between what we know and what we do—and focus on the uptake of innovations every bit as much as on the basic research which gives rise to them.

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC KBE FRS FMedSci HonFREng

Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Chair of Imperial College Health Partners. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust.

Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of healthcare. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding, publishing over 800 peer-reviewed research papers to date. In recognition of his achievements in the research and development of surgical technologies, Professor Darzi has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2013 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. In 2007, he was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government in 2009, Professor Darzi sat as the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. During this appointment and beyond Professor Darzi has developed his status as a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation. Professor Darzi was appointed and remains a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009.

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