Quality Innovation Award was organized for the 14th time by the Finnish Quality Association and the national quality organizations. A total of 416 innovations participated in the competition and the best 25 were recognized with Awards or Prizes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional Award Ceremony was postponed.
As always, the winners of the Award in each category passed a strict methodology of evaluation based on their novelty value, usability, learning, customer orientation and effectiveness. The winners were chosen by the participating national Quality Associations via a rigorous voting process.
The Red Cross Medical College of Rīga Stradiņš University (RCMC) participated in the “Quality Innovation Award” competition for the first time and was awarded with the 2nd place in the category Education sector innovations for the Hospital work simulation for Health care students in College environment.
Since students had limited access to healthcare institutions during Covid-19 lockdown, they have not had sufficient opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice at the hospital. It gives students a feeling of insecurity, in terms of both their theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Therefore, RCMC developed a simulation where most activities that take part in hospital are built in classroom environment. Due to using the simulated learning environment, students have the opportunity to practice without stress in a well-known environment (College), while experiencing real-life situations. They also have the opportunity to be aware of their practical knowledge imperfections and to observe their activities on a video recording of the training process. Simulated environment based learning helps students to acquire knowledge in different contexts and to apply different thinking and self-guided learning techniques, thereby strengthening the link between new knowledge and personal experience. This study process innovation makes it possible for health care institutions to attract more qualified young professionals who are able to work in a team, in different situations, to predict and prevent or minimise patient safety risks.
RCMC shared the 2nd place with the colleagues from Tallinn Health Care College (Estonia) who presented their Roof garden “Hands-on”. The 1st place was granted to the China Mobile Group Zhejiang Co.,Ltd. Hangzhou Branch (China) for the 5G-based remote VR visiting and teaching application.