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. 

This project will examine six integrated fixed-fee health care systems to identify critical factors necessary for facilitating disruptive innovation (DI) in health care. Improving the quality and lowering the cost of health care have been slow. DI may help accelerate change as it improves a product or service in a way that a market does not expect, typically by providing something at a lower price or to a different set of consumers. Looking at integrated fixed-fee providers through the lens of DI theory, which has only recently been applied to health care, may eventually result in the improved performance in the health care system.  Deliverables will include six case studies, an executive report and a set of communications activities.


Grant Details

Amount Awarded $312,104.00

Awarded on: 10/2/2009

Time frame: 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2011

Grant Number: 66571


Innosight Institute Inc.

400 Talcott Avenue, 2nd Floor
Watertown, 02472-5712


Clayton M. Christensen
Project Director