Healthcare systems have become
increasingly complex and have faced difficulties in finding solutions to
emerging population needs. New technologies have allowed users to obtain the
information they need at speed never seen before in human history. This fact
has promoted reflection, change, and restructuration in large healthcare
corporations' traditional management style, which seeks to incorporate in their
business model elements more flexible and interactive in connection with the
recent challenges and the current healthcare trends. Promoting a creative and
innovative culture in health organizations to allow the stakeholders to find
solutions focused on healthcare systems' real needs is one of the most
important elements to respond to emergent challenges. However, the development
of mechanisms enhances a creative environment, and evaluative approaches that
demonstrate the reliability and added value of innovations remain challenging.
Therefore, this paper develops and recalls certain essential concepts that can
help researchers, managers, and health workers interested in creating (or
maintain) a favorable environment for innovation in healthcare organizations.
The article also explores and clarifies some of the key critical elements of an
innovation process from a strategic and organizational perspective, starting
from contextual input elements favorable to its emergence until its evaluation
Keywords: Organizational innovation, Creativity, Health evaluation.