New Capability Development in health innovation in collaboration with Vall D’Hebron; A pilot study

Project lead: Dr. Olga Kokshagina, VC Fellow in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business & Law

Project Summary

Health is recognised as one of the key strategic areas to accelerate the growth of the start-up ecosystem in Victoria and put it on the map as an international leader. The proposed project aims to bring together RMIT researchers in health, biotech, innovation, design to establish a cross-disciplinary team in health innovation. In order to do that, a pilot study with a leading European Hospital - Vall De Hebron will be conducted. The team will use the design driven framework to examine how hospital can establish a value-based healthcare system. The pilot study will be used to develop collaborative grant applications in relation to other cases at Vall D’Hebron, The European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA)* and extending this work to Australian hospitals. 

Having the support of the Global Business Innovation and Biomedical and Health Innovation ECPs, this project will promote a strategic partnership between RMIT and Vall d’Hebrone.

The project will contribute to GBI ECP purpose through:

1) internal capability mapping for behavioural innovation research and design for behavioural change

2) showcasing HDR work to industry and wider audience through purposeful videos/podcasts

3) development of a collaborative research proposal for potential submission to ARC/CRC/CRC-P.

Project outcomes


  • Obtained ethics approval to interview hospital staff at the Cardiology Department at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Spain and RMIT.
  • Strengthened RMIT’s relationship with Vall d’Hebron (RMIT and Vall d’Hebron are   participating in the EU grant proposals together – see below)

Events, conferences:

  • Poster presented at the eHealth 2020 conference in Sydney in February 2020
  • Seminar organised with RMIT Europe and Vall D’Hebron on the future of value-based healthcare and procurement – October 2019
  • Facilitation of RMIT EFI panel on Health 4.0 – Febraury 2020

Grants development

  • Grant opportunity with Vall d’Hebron specifically – EU Application to H2020 with RMIT Europe: “Interplay of Disruptive Technologies and Secured Data driven models for Efficient Patient Care and Real time Healthcare systems” (RIA) – submitted in April 2020
  • Submitted a joint grant application with Assoc. Prof. Gillian Vesty from the School of Accounting, Info Systems & Supply Chain with the IMA: “Engaging accountants in value-based healthcare: Strategic Performance” in June 2020 (small grant opportunities)

Research papers/reports

Short White Paper – currently with Vall d’Hebron for a review

Research articles:

1) working paper under submission to a managerial journal – on clinicians’ perspective in value-based healthcare;

2) working paper with Assoc. Prof. Gillian Vesty on costing and value-based healthcare

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