Disruptive innovations within six integrated health systems
Investigator Clayton Christensen developed the theory of disruptive innovation in 2003, and with his colleagues Jason Hwang and Jerome Grossman, applied its principles to the health care delivery system. Disruptive innovations occur when new business or delivery models displace highly specialized and costly models. Health care is ripe for disruptive innovation because it is a complex and highly fragmented delivery system with a busy array of incentives that aren’t always aligned to promote quality or efficiency. Disruptive innovations in health and health care have the potential to decrease costs, while improving both the quality and accessibility of care.
This project examines seven integrated fixed-fee health care systems to identify critical factors necessary for facilitating disruptive innovation in health care. According to Christensen, “Integrated health systems that have combined functions of payer and provider create the capacity to introduce disruptive innovations that non-integrated systems simply cannot.” By looking at integrated fixed-fee providers through the lens of disruptive innovation theory, this project hopes to accelerate the adoption of disruptive innovations throughout the health care delivery system.
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