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How to Revive Health Care Innovation

Mark Marich

The Obama economic recovery plan includes significant funds to help spur innovations, such as electronic health records, in the health care industry. Program managers in Washington would be well-advised to check out a new book, The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, from a team led by Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen.

The authors argue that business model innovation will be the real key to making health care affordable. Working at the margins with incremental change is an unlikely path to success. Instead, some form of disruptive change will be required. They caution that state and Federal regulators must work to prevent existing firms and institutions from blocking business model innovations that can have revolutionary impacts.

Article: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge article, “How to Revive Health Care Innovation, by Clayton Christensen, Jerome Grossman, and Jason Hwang

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