Innovation for healthcare technology is often seen as a journey embracing a series of stages – invention, evaluation, adoption and diffusion.
In practice these stages are neither discrete nor linear. There is overlap between them and for many innovations the journey from initial concept to diffusion may not take the form of a neat linear pathway.
Use the tool to identify where your innovation sits in relation to what are called ‘technology readiness levels’ (TRLs), a systematic way of identifying the maturity of a particular technology. There are various TRL models, but broadly they divide innovations into the categories outlined below. For simplicity we have grouped TRLs into slightly broader stages: basic technology research, feasibility and development, demonstration, adoption and spread. The TRLs and their descriptions in our tool draw on John Mankins (1995) Technology Readiness Levels. A White Paper. Office of Space Access and Technology, NASA.
At this stage you are investgating the opportunity for your idea – researching the need for it, the potential demand and market. Typical questions you should be asking are:
For some innovations this will be the hardest stage. Proving an innovation works in a trial is one thing, persuading users to adopt it is another. This requires the right kind of evidence for the benefits of the innovation and persistence in getting it taken up. Our tool provides advice on this.More information about this stage