The medicine of tomorrow: transforming the future of healthcare through innovation

The Project

Aging, chronicity, and complexity, coupled with a lack of both human and economic resources mean that healthcare is in need of transformation. Digital health tools represent a fantastic opportunity to overcome the numerous challenges that health systems face around the world. As such, robots, augmented reality, 3d printing, personalised drug manufacturing, biometric monitoring, deep tech, artificial intelligence and many more are promising approached currently being implemented in hospitals and primary care settings.

Primary care is the cornerstone of many systems, and has gained relevance in the last few years as we shift towards preventative medicine and patients are empowered. Together with complex hospital care, primary care is the best opportunity to deliver quality healthcare to the population. Join us at Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, located in Can Ruti Campus, a large research and scientific campus that plays a key role in providing state of the art healthcare to the population of the northern Barcelona region. By joining our hospital, you will be part of a thriving innovation management team working on the ground with doctors and nurses to transform the healthcare system. This program will inspire you to transform healthcare from within, and will embark you on a journey aimed at the non-faint-hearted, where you will learn not just about medicine, but the future of medicine, as well as about the challenges that future doctors and nurses (as well as patients) face on a daily basis.

During this course, we will welcome you at our hospital and research campus, and we will train you in the use of innovation methodologies for healthcare such as design thinking among others. Once you have learnt these skills, we will introduce you to different medical services in the form of two-day stays, where you will meet different healthcare professionals and learn from different medical specialities about their day-to-day work and the challenges that they will face in the next 10 years. In groups, you will apply the innovation methodologies learnt and work on building solutions to address such challenges.

Matching profiles

If you are interested not just in medicine, but also in transforming it, this project is for you! STEM students with an interest in medicine, nursing, biology, biotechnology, biomedicine, genetics, neuroscience, pharmacy, and other life-sciences related disciplines will enjoy this opportunity.

Nevertheless, because healthcare is transforming so will the professionals working on it, we also encourage individuals with an interest in engineering, mathematics, physics, computing, and other technology-related fields to participate in the programme.

Learning objectives
  • To acknowledge the challenges that healthcare will face in the coming years
  • To identify opportunities for improvement in current healthcare settings
  • To develop an understanding of the methodologies used for healthcare innovation and technology/service development
  • To develop the basic skill set needed in order to work in innovation and digital health management roles in healthcare systems
Required materials

To join our programme you will only be required to bring your own laptop a notebook and a lab coat.

Coordinators of the project

Daniel Moreno

Head of Innovation at Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol Research Group on Innovation, Health Economics, and Digital Transformation

Raquel Escrich

Head of Strategic Project Management at Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital

Associated researchers

Mireia Cano

Innovation and Digital Transformation Project Manager at Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital

María Isabel Martínez

Innovation and Strategic Project Manager at Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital

Meritxell Davins

Transformation and Digital Health Director at Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital

Mercè Bonjorn

Transformation and Digital Health Project Manager at Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital

The center

The Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) is a public research centre in Catalonia dedicated to increasing scientific knowledge to improve the care and lives of patients.