Applying Disruptive Thinking to the Healthcare Crisis

Posted on February 19, 2009  Comments (3)

Update: Sadly MIT delete the video. It is a shame educational institutions lose interest in knowledge just a couple years later. Thankfully we didn’t have to rely on the people deleting web content at universities to keep all the historical content we have in books from hundreds of years ago. I think it is a huge lose to what the mission of these schools should be but that attitude doesn’t seem to be shared by the schools.

The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution to the Healthcare Crisis:

Christensen spies symptoms of such disruptions bubbling up in the healthcare industry, such as molecular diagnostics, imaging technologies and high bandwidth telecom, and business model innovations. Integrated health systems like Kaiser Permanente have a leg up in deploying and optimizing these disruptive technologies.

The push for widespread healthcare reform must come from employers, who in spite of their declared intent to cut healthcare costs also know “they profit when their employees are healthy and productive.” Affordable healthcare, he concludes, “doesn’t come by expecting high end, expensive institutions or expensive caregivers to become cheap, but by bringing technology to lower cost providers and venues of care, so they can become more capable.”

Clayton Christensen is the rare management thinker that I feel real provides profound insights into thinking about management. There are many other good management thinkers that offer valuable idea, just most of them (in my opinion) really are presenting material in ways that offer managers a good way to take action on all the long known good management ideas that we fail to adopt successful for decades.

The first part of the video does a good job of providing an introduction to disruptive innovation. He makes the case that improving the health care system should be done by applying the ideas of disruptive innovation because the current model is not likely to break the old ways of thinking. We certainly need to find ways to fix the broken health care system in the USA and these ideas are likely to be part of the solution in my opinion.

He believes that the proper stakeholder for taking responsibility for health care are patients (the employees themselves, rather than the businesses that give employees health coverage). Which I must say I find surprising. He acknowledges that employees say they don’t want to be in this role but he claims their actions show they are the most likely player to take up this responsibility. I am skeptical of that idea, myself.

Related: Six Keys to Building New Markets by Unleashing Disruptive InnovationInnovation Thinking with ChristensenImproving the Health Care SystemOur Failed Health-care System

3 Responses to “Applying Disruptive Thinking to the Healthcare Crisis”

  1. Emma
    May 30th, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    Don't you think the health care industry should also take some responsibility? Access Solutions is a patient assistance program from Genentech providing patient prescription assistance.

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