Our

Strategy

#futureOHT

2021-2022

Inspiring, celebrating, enabling and championing diversity & inclusivity in healthtech

Supported by Roche Diagnostics Limited

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Forewords

From the OHT Team

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From Roche Diagnostics Limited

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The OHT Strategy

Step 01

One HealthTech (OHT) had aimed to host its first annual conference in June 2020, which also aimed to act as the community’s major fundraiser. Things were looking good until....COVID hit!

Step 02

Instead, OHT decided to run a collaborative spring clean exercise across over 30 volunteers who came to support which has now evolved into our two-year strategy.

Step 03

Our volunteers were organised into ‘Squads’ which represented key areas of development including Impact, Decision-making & Governance, Campaigns, Hub Growth and Development, and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

Step 04

These teams, alongside their day jobs, worked throughout the summer of 2020, running survey, devising frameworks, talking strategy and implementation plans and importantly, having the full remit to build on and tear apart OHT’s existing work to date. And this strategy is what we’ve come up with!

Who is this strategy for?

This strategy aims to lay out OHT’s focus areas for 2021-2022.
 
This document is for:
Volunteers within the OHT community to challenge themselves to grow, develop and align existing activities with the organisation’s overarching strategy
Strategic partners and sponsors who wish to support OHT and our mission

Who are One HealthTech?

One HealthTech (OHT) is a grassroots, volunteer-led, global community that exists to support and promote better equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the health innovation sector.
OHT has been in existence for over four years and since then, the community has evolved to a network of over 14,000 members, led by over 100 volunteers, spread across 15 Hubs, increasingly across the world.
 
Through the community’s actions, countless doors have been opened, minds have been inspired, jobs have been filled and people have been helped, supported and welcomed.
We are for anyone who feels the world of healthtech and health innovation isn’t open and welcoming to them. In order to be for everyone, we need to target the needs of specific groups who are traditionally underrepresented and under-served in health innovation.
This varies across international geographies, but our communities tend to support specific groups, particularly: women, ethnic minorities, those from the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities or those from unconventional educational, professional or economic backgrounds.
 
We primarily exist for our community members, but employers, policymakers and wider ecosystems in healthtech benefit from the activities, insights and strength of the OHT community.
 
We’d also love to think we touch those working in healthtech, who have not taken notice of any diversity and inclusions considerations to date.

Our Mission

Our Vision

The mission of OHT is to empower local grassroots communities of health innovators to thrive by inspiring, celebrating, enabling and championing diversity in healthtech.
Our vision is that innovation in health, care and life science is representative, effective, accessible and vibrant.
Equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) is at the core of our mission.
We know a breadth of opinion, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives shapes better strategies, technologies and teams. We also really recognise the need for diversity in how to think about and tackle diversity challenges and think that informal, grassroots networks are a great way to create this groundswell and bottom-up solution.
 
Whilst we have some core principles by which we view EDIA, we realised quickly that the definitions of “under-represented groups” do not translate well across many geographies and sub-sectors.
 
As a result, OHT is about supporting individuals, communities and organisations to consider their diversity and culture, and take actions to improve it.

What are we?

OHT is slightly unusual in its structure.
As a network in the healthtech space, we try as much as possible not to be a centralised, hierachical organisation.
 
We are a federated community which means we are made up of Hubs. Hubs are defined geographical regions, curated and coordinated by a local team of volunteers.
 
OHT as an organisation in turn sees itself as a platform on which anyone can build an inclusive-by-design healthtech community.
We want to be:
At the forefront of meaningful and impactful inclusion in health innovation.
 
Outward-facing and collaborative, keen to work with others in partnership to embed our work in existing initiatives, as well as the global content.
 
Warm and joy-filled whilst credible and expert in our tone and culture.
 
A sum our parts: federated in our structure and decision-making, and agile and responsive to changes within the community.
 
Independent and neutral, yet financially stable.

What do we want to achieve?

Overarchingly, we want to achieve better representation of skills, backgrounds, demographics and perspectives in health innovation in order to deliver better products, services, care and solutions to improve health and wellbeing.
We know, like every industry, healthcare and life sciences is changing enormously, and becoming increasingly dependent on technology. This is a great thing, but is not without its challenges.
 
We believe that innovating in health, care and life sciences should be accessible to everyone.
 
We also believe in the power of human networks and communities to drive change, and that every voice should be heard so that technology can positively impact all.
We look to address everything from inclusive design, compassionate leadership and biased algorithms, to supporting more under-represented groups to develop the skills they need to drive the next generation of health.
 
By promoting openness, inclusion, kindness and diversity, everyone benefits from the best innovations.
 
Because, as an organisation, we focus more on supporting individuals and communities to deliver the change they need, we can’t be too prescriptive on types of activities or numbers. i.e. we don’t want to say “there needs to be X number of women on Boards by X date”.
We hope that OHT will be an important cog in the machinery of transforming healthcare for the better
 
 

Why do we care?

When healthtech isn’t inclusive, solutions do not cater to, and are not representative of the very populations they aim to serve.
 
This is affected by the environments in which ideas are generated, who designs and decides them, and how actions are taken. The outcome? Users, patients and citizens’ health suffers.

We think OHT is best placed to fill this gap because:

How change happens?

Change (within OHT’s control) happens from:

Demonstrating

Ensuring OHT is generating and cultivating best practice amongst the volunteer and member community in order to lead by examples.

Doing

Highlighting, addressing and finding solutions to particular challenges of equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in healthtech.

Enabling

Supporting EDIA by creating an effective, inspirational, resilient and impactful environment that means anyone feels health innovation is open and accessible to them via the OHT community.
Broadly, change to the diversity of the health innovation sector can come from:
A positive, supportive, inclusive and diverse ecosystem.
 
Government initiatives and policies that prioritise organisations, institutions and people leading by examples, and setting the standard for good practice.
 
Employers supporting their employees by promoting them, investing in their development and ensuring their policies and practices are fit for purpose.
 
Individuals feeling empowered to take positive individual action or as part of a collective.
 
Influencing those not engaged by collecting evidence, inspiring and and demonstrating where health innovation benefits/suffers from better/poorer inclusion.

How does OHT effect change?

Our ‘enablers’ to achieve change are:

Local communities, based in defined geography that look to build longer-term, close and supportive sub-networks.

 

At a global level: our vision is to grow and foster a diverse group of active Hubs.

 

At a local level: OHT Hubs should welcome, grow and foster a diverse group of people who are interested in healthtech, and facilitate learning and knowledge exchange from others in a local region, cutting across existing communities and network silos.

 

Importantly, we want inter-Hub collaboration. OHT Hubs should support new Hubs to set up and be as good as they can be by learning from one another.

Hubs
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Campaigns are a collection of activities (which can be made up of events, workshops, templates, research, initiatives, profiles etc) that are based on achievement of a specific outcome (tangibly related to the OHT mission) within a pre-defined time and reaches these goals that it has set out to meet.

Campaigns enter the community via:

  • The OHT strategic teams (in line with strategic priorities) i.e the core EDIA mission

  • The OHT community put forward a campaign e.g. a concern or topic that is identified by a specific hub

  • Commercial partners who request co-development on a specific topic e.g. a topic that a company needs help in exploring

  • In response to contemporary issues e.g. a new piece of legislation is being consulted on

Campaigns
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Partners and followers of OHT content who take small actions, think differently, behave differently, as a result of something they see/read/experience from OHT.

Influenced people
& Organisations
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Individuals who interface with OHT and are inspired and activated to drive real change, either within their organisation and communities or within OHT. An activated individual may join a Campaign, start a Hub, create a networking group in their organisation, write a blog or share their story.

Activated people
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Some of the existing assets and activites that can be used by our enablers include:
  • Local events and meetups
  • A community-wide newsletter
  • Popular social media accounts
  • A jobs board
  • Opportunity sharing
  • Heroes (aka Mentorship)
  • Podcast
  • Campaigns like Humans of HealthTech
  • Slack community
  • Volunteering for OHT
  • EDI-specific initiatives

How do we consider impact?

OHT is committed to having a positive impact and influence on the health innovation sector.
In order to define what to measure, and how to measure it, we identified the problems with and limitations of the healthtech sector, identified changes we’d like to see, asked the wider community, considered what was realistically in our control and identified what was directly, and indirectly measurable.
 
Some of these changes will be measurable, some less so and are only measurable by proxy. We will work with our volunteers to trial and iterate through meaningful metrics, that are also practical for volunteers and a federated community to easily capture and report on.
 
Whilst OHT will look to provide objective and subjective measures of impact over the coming year, we will also focus on templates and toolkits by which to support local Hubs and Campaigns to measure their impact in the way that they see fit.
These will include a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches and indicators to evaluate how far activities are delivering against our four community outcomes mentioned above (OHT as a place that feels good, OHT as a ubiquitous support network, OHT as a career catalyser, OHT as an influencer and campaigner).
 
We will regularly communicate the impact of our work through a range of channels and ways including case studies, light reports and community stats.
 
We also want to make sure we’re being transparent when our work has not had a measurable and / or positive impact. This will sometimes also be constrained by our volunteer-led nature (and therefore a need to balance reporting and evaluation with the fun bits of volunteering!)

How we're starting this new phase?

We’re prioritising the following areas for 2021-2022:

Our Strategy Volunteers

OHT is committed to having a positive impact and influence on the health innovation sector.
Hub Growth & Development
Antonella Gorenflos
Charlotte Lewis
Jenney Shi
Nick Prentice
Equality, Diversion, Inclusion & Accessibility
Emma Rahman
Gabby Ezeani
Haroon Chughtai
Maura Bellio
Nicole Mather
Siddhartha Chaturvedi
Susie Lee
Impact
Eleanora Harwich
Jess Morley
Lisa Murphy
Neha Visavadia
Decision-making & Governance
Angela Maragna
Bea Deere
Fiona Dawson
Niamh Lennox-Chhugani
Nick Prentice
Campaigns 
Haroon Chughtai
Lisa Murphy
Mishka Nemes
Strategy Wranglers 
Angela Maragna
Maxine Mackintosh
and a MASSIVE thanks to the Roche Diagnostics team, particularly Alexandra Cook

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We are a volunteer-led organisation and reliant on the support of partners. For more details on partnering email us or contact your local hub.

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