Welcome to my website. I am a Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Imperial College Business School, London. I am an expert on innovation in the healthcare sector and its industries, focusing especially on the development and adoption of innovations in health technologies, services and infrastructure. I see these elements as part of a complex ecosystem, hard to manage and often unpredictable.
Why is this an important issue? We are easily seduced by images of new healthcare technology – of which there is seemingly an unceasing supply – but these innovations have important implications for the way we provide healthcare and for the physical infrastructure that supports it. And how health systems are organised, funded and regulated in turn influences the innovativeness of the industries supplying healthcare services.
These relationships – between changes in healthcare technology, services and infrastructure – are both complex and under-researched. But they are a key part of the challenge in modernising health systems across the world.
I am part of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation at Imperial College Business School, and I am also involved in several research centres and programmes – you can find details here. This website aims to inform policy makers, industry, academics, the media and the general public about the research I am involved in and its lessons for tackling the key challenges faced by healthcare systems around the world – how to meet expanding demand while also controlling costs, improving quality and raising productivity.
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NEW BOOK: "MANAGING INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE"
My latest book, Managing Innovation in Healthcare, is available here in hardback, paperback and e-book formats, or in Kindle at Amazon.
The book introduces readers to the latest thinking on healthcare innovation - about how you create, implement, embed and sustain innovations in healthcare systems. It's about how healthcare organisations cope with the mass of new products, technologies and novel business and service models they face, how the companies trying to sell new products and services cope with the challenges of shepherding them into the healthcare market, and how government and regulators shape the environment within which all this takes place.
Managing Innovation in Healthcare was written with the needs of postgraduate and MBA students studying healthcare services, management and innovation issues. But it is also relevant to managers, clinicians, policymakers and entrepreneurs involved in healthcare.
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Executive Health Innovation Management programme starting on 17 February 2020. Click here for details.
January 2020: appointed as an Honorary Professor, UCL Bartlett Real Estate Institute.
New research project starting April 2020: “Accelerating the roadmap for commercializing and adopting medical technology innovations – the role of different actors’ logics in a health innovation ecosystem”. With Halmstad University and Karolinska Institutet. Funded by KK Knowledge Foundation (Sweden).
Selected recent publications:
Valentian Cisnetto , James Barlow (2020) The development of complex and controversial innovations. Genetically modified mosquitoes for malaria eradication. Research Policy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2019.103917
Stephen Wright, James Barlow, Jens Roehrich (2019) Public-private partnerships for health services. In Robert Clark and Simon Hakim (editors) Public Private Partnerships. Construction, Protection and Rehabilitation of Critical Infrastructure. Springer.
Anuja Chatterjee et al. (2018) Quantifying drivers of antibiotic resistance in humans: A systematic review. Lancet Infectious Disease. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30296-2