Can the game Telephone teach us something about healthcare?

Have you ever played the game where players form a queue, and the first person on the queue whispers a message to the second person, who whispers to the person next in line. This goes on until the last person get that whispered message and then repeats what she heard. The final message is compared to the original message, giving a moment of both laughter and wonder on how the message got distorted. (Here is an example, as late night show host Jimmy Kimmel with the cast of Avengers played prior to a show). Well, I am asking you through describing the game mechanism rather than giving it a name because we never agreed on one. Telephone, Chinese Whisperers, Grapevine, Russian Scandal or even the Téléphone Arabe (French for Arabic Telephone) are few names (Viskningsleken in Swedish).  It just seems that people could not fathom how information could be lost if all spoke the same language. So, the French called it the Arabic Telephone, other nations called it Chinese Whisperers or Russian Scandal as Arabic, Chinese and Russian are presumably hard to understand. Funny enough, if a group of Chinese (respectively Russians) play the same game, speaking Chinese (respectively Russian) they still get the same laughable outcome as Frenchmen playing in French.  

Anton pretending to whisper something to Semra

Why had Romans been stomping around and terrorizing electric fish on the beach?

The personal physician to Roman Emperor Claudius documented something I find weirdly funny: standing on a live electric rays fish at the beach as treatment to alleviate pain. No notable protests and campaigns against stepping over fishes were reported, but evidently, the treatment was effective enough for it to be documented for posterity.

I was waiting for a sunny warm day to hit the beach and go fishing in Sweden to try it. However, considering the time of the year, Lisa, one of the physiotherapist at the Highly Specialized Pain Rehabilitation Clinic, had the great idea to make me test the modern Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS).

Me concentrated on the electrical stimulator.

Long lasting pain: Challenge accepted!

Once upon a time there were a Lithuanian businesswoman, Akvile, an Italian engineer, Giampaolo, a Canadian/Swedish medical doctor, Jenny, and an industrial designer, Raoul from The Netherlands, who joined their forces few weeks ago and created team Rehab after an intensive boot camp in Lidingö. The week after, the team joined the Highly Specialized Pain Rehabilitation Clinic at Danderyd University Hospital and started the observation phase of the Clinical Innovation Fellowship.

Team Rehab and the Highly Specialized Pain Rehabilitation Clinic are facing one of the greatest challenges: the relief of long lasting pain.

Team Internal Medicine: Ready, set, go …

The Clinical Innovation Fellowship team ‘Internal Medicine’ is undergoing its third week at the Hospital of Norrtälje. At the end of the first week, the team had a grasp of the information needed to go through 6 weeks of observation and pave the ground for the next months of work. [You can follow this work by tuning in every week into the [www.clinicalinnovation.se]].

But hold on! You are probably reading this because it was in your news feed, maybe because you are in MedTech community, heard about CIF somewhere or from someone, or maybe because you know Anton, Elhabib, Semra or Matt. To remove all confusion, let us explain once and for all, in the simplest terms (and a lot of acronyms) what is CIF. CIF (Clinical Innovation Fellowships) is a program that is supported by European Institute of Innovation Technology, Health (EIT Health). The program is jointly managed by KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) and KI (Karolinska Institute) combines different disciplines (Business, Design, Engineering and Medicine) to innovate in healthcare. The program consists each year of multidisciplinary teams. Business, Design, Engineering and Medicine work hand in hand, following the bio-design process to innovate in healthcare.

Visit in Dublin

Hi!

Last Sunday we took the early flight to Dublin as José mentioned . We arrived before lunch so we had a 30min walk to the Guinness museum for some lunch and a Guinness tour. We even got a diploma stating we now know how to tap a perfect Guinness(!)

Quick Post: Back From Dublin!

This Monday some of the past editions’ Clinical Innovation Fellows (Katarina Hedbeck from TADA, Louise Warme from Lara Diagnostics and Patrick Nilsson from Ortrud), the Clinical Innovation Team and present fellows (Fritzi, John and me) went to Dublin, for a mingle and workshop.

There we met with fellows from Bio-innovate Galway and D-Health Barcelona, to discuss different issues such as reimbursement, funding and how to work together as alumni.

Countdown

Just one week left. We are preparing for graduation by trying to finish as much of our work as possible this upcoming week. In one week’s time we are graduating from the CIF program and will be standing on our own feet as fellows. Until then we need to tie together as much things as we possibly can. This week we have had a meeting with our clinical supervisor Sophia to discuss how to move forward with the improvement work at the clinic after we are no longer there. We are discussing with our students and helping them prepare for their final presentations. We are putting together the final work on our own business plan on how to move forward with it. We are applying for grants and looking for other funding.

Team Infection: Planning (Planting?) Ahead

As CIF gets closer to an end we need to plan ahead on how to proceed, especially since we will have to manage our resources as optimally as possible, since they are going to be scarce.

Something very similar between Spain and Sweden is how there is a month each year where conducting business and initiatives can be very slow and difficult, as both countries really DO enjoy summertime. Taking that into account, things can get very difficult during summer, so we have to plant a lot of seeds now, and even sow some early crops before!

Timing, timing, timing!

Decisions!

What will happen in a year? In two? In five? These are the questions that have been crowding team O’s head for the last couple of weeks. We need to make decisions about the future. With very little knowledge about the future. Interesting, difficult and time-consuming. To our aid we have had our final meeting with Gustav, team psychologist. We met him on Monday. With him we discussed different potential futures and how our own input would change depending on what we will be doing.

Fritzi in our group psychology session.