“A research methodology for sensing, prototyping, validating and refining complex solutions in multiple and evolving real-life contexts.”

-This notion of living laboratory was first proposed by Prof. William Mitchell at MIT Media Lab

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From a methodological perspective, today’s living labs are networks composed of heterogeneous actors, resources, and activities that integrate user-centred research and open innovation (Leminen et al. 2012).

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From the infrastructure perspective, they can be seen as facilities that enable experimentation and co-creation with users in real-life environments (Sundramoorthy et al. 2011).

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A living lab (LL), in contrast to a traditional laboratory, operates in a real-life context with a user-centric approach. From iKure’s perspective the Living lab will be a platform to bring the researchers and the healthcare practitioners together for generating knowledge, information and innovation to cater to the health needs of the community at the last mile.

The Purpose

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Providing effective innovations to the community in shortest possible time.
Post-pandemic we saw how the whole healthcare sector is working in silos be it the medical device company, the pharmaceutical companies, healthcare research centers, the healthcare practitioners that don’t act in tandem. Hence, through the Living Lab we want the healthcare researchers and the practitioners be closer to the community so that whatever innovation is developed it can be deployed to the community quicker.

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Updating the knowledge of new discoveries in the medical field.
The medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies should keep themselves updated with knowledge of the latest development in the field of the medical sector that will help them to cater the right services to patients with minimum risk.

Medical Service and Disease specific Challenges

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There are some islands with 20000 population but no doctor

Almost 11 islands are very hard to reach, and yet do not have any health facility

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During high-tide the islanders take (4-6) hours to come to the main land just to see a doctor

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About half of the children (below 5 years) are chronically malnourished

Women share disproportionately higher burden of chronic ailments than men do

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Climate change impacts on the health of the people as well as the healthcare Infrastructure

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