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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Defence Security to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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How can we make public healthcare more family and community based?

Registration has opened for the Impacta Salud competition "Transforming the relationship between citizens and public health system."
 
Impacta is the public innovation challenge program of the Laboratorio de Gobierno (Chile). The programme aims to attract and encourage talent from beyond the Chilean government, inviting people to get involved in complex public challenges by bringing their new ideas, technologies, products or services.
 
Applications are now being taken from Individuals, Legal entities (small companies), Chilean citizens or foreign citizens & Multidisciplinary teams.
 
The Laboratorio de Gobierno are offering succesful applicants a bootcamp and cash prizes of almost GBP 50.000 and financial support to all winners.
 
UK organisations interested in applying are advised to contact Phillipa Parry pp@citymart.com.
 
Read the full brief below
 

Impacta Salud - Transforming the relationship between citizens and public health system.

The Laboratorio de Gobierno invites solutions that strengthen the all-round model of family and community health, the pillar of primary healthcare in Chile.
 
How can we bring healthcare closer to people so as to relieve overcrowding in family health centers and promote disease prevention and self-care? One of the most widespread problems in the Chilean public healthcare system is that many temporary and chronic diseases afflicting the population could be prevented by tools, services, incentives and information that encourage self-care and lifestyle changes. This requires the strengthening of the role of families and communities, becoming active participants in the healthcare of the population.
 
The low rate of disease prevention is rooted in the fact that people only access healthcare when in face-to-face contact with a member of the health team. This causes the relationship to become reactive, encouraging the patients to only visit the centers or worry about their health when they already have symptoms. In this system, both users and health officials miss the chance to give and receive education and tools to create awareness of their state of health and act preventively.
 
As health centers only cover the population that is registered with them, there are people who do not regularly attend the centers. For this reason, the strategy should aim to bring healthcare to individuals and families. This is where the community can play a crucial role; opening the door to innovation can generate the missing link between the teams and the community.
 
Individuals and communities need tools in order to take a more active role in the prevention and care of illness, and so not depend only on a medical center. In this way, patients become educated and proactive players in their health. This empowerment can happen through social innovation, technology, products and services.
 
Through Impacta Salud, the Laboratorio de Gobierno invites open collaboration with the community in order to innovate in the way that people take ownership of illness prevention and their own health, creating a new relationship with the public health system.
 
The purpose of Impacta Salud is to bring healthcare closer to people, decentralize healthcare delivery, and promote illness prevention and self-care.
 
Successful solutions should:
  • Give the community tools to become active participants in the prevention and monitoring of their own health.
  • Transform the relationship between service users and the system, creating spaces for collaboration in health and welfare.
  • Generate actions that change the current reactive logic and that strengthen people’s motivation to prevent illness and practice self-care.
  • Bring healthcare closer to the community, decentralizing service delivery and providing tools that enable medical teams to have a closer and more direct relationship with people.
  • Empower communities through social innovation to enhance people’s welfare.

More information on the competition and applying here