Innovations in health often come from different sectors
Dr. Carine Boonen - Coordinator Flanders’ Care
The world is changing rapidly, innovations come and go in a rapid tempo. That raises ethical challenges. Is everything that is made possible technologically, also desirable? We need an ethical framework, points of reference for assessing ethical aspects of care innovation in every stage of that innovation. Europe, the UN or the WHO must create a ‘universal code of conduct’, which states how we deal as human-being with ethical aspects of care innovation, primarily also with an eye on future generations.”
Care needs input from other disciplines.
“Very many future innovations will come from other sectors and will be applied in care. For example: you need a new hip. Instead of choosing the most suitable model from dozens of standard hips, we will simply print out a customised hip with 3D printing. Even now, 3D printing can work with live tissues, such as the regeneration of a pancreas for patients with diabetes. These innovations came from different sectors, when non-medically trained specialists saw their use for medicine. Or take, for example, robot surgery. That was invented by engineers together with doctors.
This multidisciplinary approach is essential and should begin together with the study. More and more students are given the opportunity to take their thesis or doctorate in a different discipline, so that cross-fertilisation brings together the best of many worlds. Care needs this input from other disciplines.”
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