Regional health innovation ecosystems can activate collaboration and support planning, self-management and development and commercialization of innovations. We sought to understand how older adults and their caregivers can be meaningfully engaged in regional health innovation ecosystems focused on health and aging-related technology innovation.
A six-phase concept mapping technique gathered data over six time points across Canada. Brainstorming conducted online and in person identified engagement ideas. Statements were sorted by similarity and rated by participants on importance and feasibility. Qualitative approaches and multidimensional scaling, hierarchical cluster analysis, descriptive statistics and tests were used for analysis.
Sixty-two unique ideas were assembled into a seven-cluster framework of priorities for engagement in regional health innovation ecosystems including public forums, co-production and partnerships, engagement, linkage and exchange, developing cultural capacity, advocacy and investment in the ecosystem.
This study identified a framework of priorities for directions and strategies for older adult and caregiver engagement in regional health innovation ecosystems. Next steps include collaborations to develop regional health innovation ecosystems that actively engage older adults and their caregivers in health and aging-related technology innovation.

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