Health Works is a patient-centric innovation hub founded and owned by AstraZeneca. We look for solutions to healthcare challenges and opportunities where AstraZeneca can add value through our knowledge, network and experience. The of outcome of our efforts might be new digital tools or smart devices, improved healthcare interactions, and ways of working, increased knowledge or policy changes. Always focused on what matters most to patients and their caregivers.
Do you want to collaborate with us? Together, we deliver actionable roadmaps and blueprints for sustainable change.
In this call or collaboration projects we're looking for challenges and ideas linked to the following disease areas and topics:
Including heart failure, kidney disease, asthma, and COPD.
Focus on breast, lung, and gynaecological cancers.
Sustainability and resilience in healthcare
Particularly in terms of equal access to healthcare.
Prediction and prevention of disease
Including identifying and addressing risk groups and underserved population groups.
Fast, early, and more precise diagnosis
Facilitating early diagnosis and intervention.
Prevention of disease progression or worsening
Solutions that enable patient empowerment
Improving interactions between patient and care provider.
Some inspiration of what a project challenge could look like:
- What can be done to facilitate prevention of kidney disease in high risk populations?
- Is there a way to ensure and encourage sustainable use of digital support tools that matters to patients?
- How can we improve healthcare interactions for elderly patients with co-morbidities?
- What are the best ways to support heart failure patients in their home to avoid disease progression and hospitalisation?
- When is a lung cancer patient in most need of support from society - and how can that be improved?
What we don’t support
Health Works does not engage in drug development projects, or clinical trials. We don't provide financial sponsorship for research or projects.
Society is changing, and healthcare needs to adapt. This change is easier when many different skills work side by side, which became very evident during the pandemic.
You get access to resources, knowledge and networks reaching beyond those of your own organisation.
Your project will be supported by a dedicated team of innovation project leaders, service designers and communication expertise with solid knowledge of life science.
You connect your organisation with learnings and inspiration from other sectors, geographies, and functions, to avoid reinventing wheels or repeating mistakes.
You will end up with blueprints and roadmaps to solutions that are realisable, scalable and sustainable – and most importantly: solutions that matter to those you are trying to help.
We have the skills, resources, and assets to manage people-centred innovation processes. We know how to tackle complex challenges and opportunities, driving teams towards a common definition of the core problem – who is affected, who should be involved, and why it matters. We know how healthcare works, how regulation work and how payment systems work and have deep knowledge and experience from addressing some of the most difficult healthcare challenges of our times.
Health Works provides physical and virtual spaces, optimized for co-creation, design, and workshop activities. We always involve participants with very different backgrounds; people who are sometimes patients, healthcare providers, payers, and professionals. The aim is to show, create, transfer, capture and communicate value for all stakeholders.
All our efforts in the projects are fully funded by AstraZeneca, including project management, interviews, observations and insight development, workshops, roadmap development and dissemination and communication of the final results in relevant channels. Communication efforts may include submission to peer reviewed journals if all partners find this to be appropriate.
We are committed to drive projects from start to finish in close collaboration with our partners.
We consider projects where AstraZeneca can add value through
knowledge, network, and experience. Health Works sources projects with high complexity and high level of uncertainty where collaborative efforts can have a meaningful impact on health and quality of life for people living with disease.
Initiatives or ideas in the explorative phase where uncertainty is still high.
Potential to be realised and generalised on a large scale, truly advancing health and healthcare.
Projects running between 12 to 24 months and able to start within three months after final decision.
Collaborator organisations should represent at least one healthcare provider, patient advocacy group or other Non-governmental organisations or payer authority.
We will source 1 or 2 projects from applications meeting the above criteria.
Patient advocacy groups
Non-governmental organisations with health orientation
Healthcare providers and payer authorities
Healthcare professional associations
September 1, 2022: Application form opens
September 30, 2022: Application form closes
October 1-15, 2022: Review of applications
October 16-30, 2022: Interviews with 2-4 candidate project teams
October 31, 2022: Decision on 1-2 selected projects
December 15, 2022: Agreement signed
January 2023 (at the latest): Project kick-off
Here is some draft information to give applicants additional time to find or build a consortium and prepare a strong proposal.
Applications can be made September 1-30, 2022. We will not accept any applications before or after this time. Applications can only be made using the online form – no attachments will be accepted .
The application format is simple with short descriptors of the project scope, purpose and expected outcome. All projects need a named project owner and sponsor from each participating organisation. You do not need to prepare a budget overview, as all collaborators are expected to carry their own costs.
In addition to crucial background information about your project, the following three key questions will be included in the call for proposals:
Contact and questions
Should you have any questions, please contact Stefan Vlachos, Head of Health Works, firstname.lastname@example.org
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