At the CEIH, we recognise the importance of creating a culture of innovation across the healthcare system, and walks the talk within its own business. In March, we conducted an internal Hackathon to address the question; “What do you envision communication to look like in the future? How can the CEIH develop an efficient and effective way of communicating that is engaging and productive across a variety of roles in the health system?”
This inquiry aimed to encourage critical and creative thinking around how we communicate and connect with individuals throughout the health system, especially those who don’t use electronic devices for most of their working day.
The purpose of a Hackathon is to go beyond traditional perspectives on problem solving and foster cross team collaboration for improved ideation. This method of critical and creative thinking is not only relatively time efficient, but also builds knowledge and skills around innovation, in an interactive, team-based environment.
Structured milestones and drop-in sessions guided each team through the innovation lifecycle process, leading up to the final pitches to a panel of executive judges. By harnessing collective wisdom and including diverse perspectives, the Hackathon process generated higher quality solutions than otherwise would have emerged.
A post Hackathon evaluation was overwhelmingly positive with the majority of participants indicating they would participate in future Hackathons, recommend the process to others and adopt it as a valid tool in their own core business into the future.
Literature indicates that innovation needs time and space to emerge and grow, and Hackathons provide an ideal format to do this. Through this venture, we demonstrated the value in giving staff an opportunity and resources to ideate and collaborate in the short term, understanding the long-term benefits that fostering innovation will bring to systemic reform and effective change.
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