Research, Training

CRISH, a Course to Co-Create Innovative Solutions for Health

Kick off of the CRISH project, a training course for healthcare professionals, researchers and patients


The kick off meeting for CRISH (Co-CReating Innovative Solutions for Health) took place on March 9 and 10 in Barcelona. The project aims at teaching health care professionals, researchers and patients, a new participative and bottom-up approach to develop innovative processes or products that will improve health care. The project, funded by the European initiative EIT Health, is coordinated by the University of Barcelona (UB), the Hospital Clinic and ISGlobal.

CRISH is a short training course that seeks to bring together different co-creation techniques, patient experience (XPA) and entrepreneurship to the different stakeholders in the health sector, including patients and health care workers, to develop products, processes or services that cover unmet needs in the field. It will focus on the re-design of clinical services, the development of innovative solutions for unmet needs, and the identification of new working hypothesis for future research.

The kick off meeting was attended by representatives of the different partners that participate in the project: the UB, Hospital Clinic, ISGlobal, the “la Caixa” Foundation, the IESE Business School, the Imperial College London, the University of Grenoble and IrsiCaixa. In addition, invited guests such as Budd Hall, director of the UNESCO Chair on Community-based Participatory Research, and Davy Lorans, representative of the University of Lyon participated in the meeting with the aim of building synergies between the different institutions and projects where ISGlobal is involved. The meeting was facilitated by Lekshmy Parameswaran and Lazslo Herczeg specialists in design thinking at the FuelFor company.

During the two day meeting, the participants defined the content of the course, the teaching skills and the learning objectives. They also organized the different modules of the course and defined the evaluation strategy of the pilot course that is planned for June. The final edition of the course will take place next October in Barcelona, with possible replicas in London and Grenoble.