Why this programme?
Never has the need for innovation in healthcare been greater than today. Consumer demands and expectations are rising. Ageing and the advancement of new medical options have led to a growth in healthcare expenditures. Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management offers a multidisciplinary approach and brings together both theory and practice in its focus on innovation. And it does so on all possible levels, from micro-to-macro-level, from individual organisations to national healthcare systems, from patient relations to the process of caretaking.
Influencing the future of healthcare: innovation
Across Europe, healthcare has become one of the biggest employment sectors. State involvement in healthcare features an unprecedented growth. These developments raise fundamental questions, such as:
- how to organise and implement patient-oriented healthcare,
- how to guarantee universal access to a fair package of health services,
- how to provide high-quality healthcare while containing costs,
- how to improve the performance of healthcare systems in general and healthcare providers in particular.
Key to all these issues is the need for innovation. The Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management programme will therefore give you solid insight into aspects of healthcare innovation at all levels. It will provide you with the competences needed to play a key role in initiating, governing, evaluating and managing healthcare innovations. And it will give you the ability to critically analyse health systems, to translate the results into innovative solutions and to influence the future of healthcare.
In a few years’ time I want to go back to Zimbabwe and help my country as a healthcare professional, implementing programmes to improve the quality of care.
Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management student Kelly Stijkel posts weekly about her experiences.
She's happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.