“Every crisis brings an opportunity”, highlights international professor at the opening of the 3rd Conference

By Gabe Mascena / Ascom LAIS

“Each crisis brings an opportunity”. On this premise, the professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, Rifat Atun, gave the lecture Resilience in health systems, opening the 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Health, an event promoted by the Laboratory of Technological Innovation in Health at the Federal University do Rio Grande do Norte (LAIS/UFRN), which will continue with programming until the 7th, at the Holiday Inn hotel, in Natal.

Emphasizing the problems that surround health systems around the world, Rifat brought up a scenario of challenges that cause the inefficiency of these bodies, but that offer an opportunity for new studies in innovation. According to the professor, health systems generate concern for not keeping up with other innovations in the area, failing in issues such as efficiency, responsiveness and resilience.

Highlighting the covid-19 pandemic, the researcher highlighted the opportunity for a large-scale transformation of health systems. “Systems were underperforming long before the pandemic, which only unmasked the extent of that underperformance. Still, there is a great opportunity to fix these systems with innovation,” he said. “Each crisis brings an opportunity. Covid-19 has created a crisis, but also a great opportunity to change health systems.”

Based on studies carried out over 30 years ago, Rifat highlighted the framework of the five “Is”, filled with actions that promote the resilience and effectiveness of health systems. Actions move between Institutional Logic, Inclusive Partnerships, Integrated Actions, Investment in Health and Innovation at Scale.

Event has live broadcast on G1/RN

For those who were unable to attend in person, the 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Health is broadcast live from the G1/RN portal. To follow the schedule, visit: https://g1.globo.com/rn/rio-grande-do-norte/ao-vivo/ao-vivo-3-conferencia-internacional-de-inovacao-em-saude.ghtml.

3rd International Conference on Innovation in Health

With the central theme “Systems of Resilience: the social impact of innovation in health”, the 3rd International Conference on Innovation in Health, promoted by LAIS/UFRN, aims to strengthen relationships between researchers from different parts of Brazil and the world, emphasizing the development of technology focused on health, in addition to resilience through humanized contact. The full event schedule is available at: https://inovacaotecnologica.lais.huol.ufrn.br/programacao/.