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Breastfeeding, urinary and fecal incontinence, focus of d·HEALTH Barcelona fellows’ projects

The fellows have detected more than 600 unmet clinical needs

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Fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and breastfeeding are the three issues the fellows from Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) have chosen to focus on in developing business opportunities to address unmet clinical needs.

After detecting some 642 needs over their 2-month hospital immersions –two teams at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (326 needs) and one at Hospital Clínic Barcelona (316 needs)– and once the needs had been studied and organized, each of the teams has selected the one they feel can have the greatest impact and have begun working to create a new product or service to address it.

All of the needs detected can be broken down into three main groups: the first (improvement report) are needs that could be resolved through improvements to hospital spaces, equipment or technology, or doctor-patient communication processes (35.57%); the second (scientific discovery) requires scientific research to be carried out (6.41%); while the majority (business needs) can be resolved by creating new businesses (58.02%).

Thus, the fellows are now in the second phase of the program (Invent), in which they will spend 9 weeks selecting and designing a prototype of the product or service they want to develop. In the third and final stage (Implement), they will design a business model to later, at the end of the program, present their proposal to a panel of investors (Investors Day) in order to raise the funds they need to implement what they have been working on.

After two successful editions, d·HEALTH Barcelona will kick off again in January 2016. The application period and selection process to join the third edition of the program is now open. Anyone interested in applying or looking for more information may attend any of the informational sessions that will be held over the coming months.

d·HEALTH Barcelona is a program inspired by the prestigious Stanford Biodesign Fellowship, Kaos Pilot and Exponential Medicine (Singularity University) programs, and is the first biodesign training program offered in our country. It falls under the framework of Moebio, Biocat’s talent development initiative, which includes several short and long training programs with the common goal of promoting entrepreneurship and addressing current needs in the health sector from a global standpoint. 

Some of the d·HEALTH Barcelona fellows during their clinical immersion.

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