A Case Study Series on Disruptive Innovations Within Integrated Health Systems

Disruptive innovations in health care have the potential to decrease costs while improving both the quality and accessibility of care.

This is a series of Pioneer-funded case studies by the Innosight Institute that uses disruptive innovation theory to examine integrated delivery systems and aims to identify the critical factors necessary to achieve increased quality, reduced cost, and access improvements. By providing a historical and strategic analysis of integrated fixed-fee providers, these case studies aim to accelerate the adoption of disruptive innovations throughout the health care delivery system.

In the summary report, "Disruptive Innovation in Integrated Care Delivery Systems," researchers used a case-based investigation to uncover how seven integrated health systems appear to think, act and innovate differently. The summary concludes that:

  • Integrated information technology systems and scarce resources encourage innovation;
  • Owning a hospital is not necessary to operate an integrated delivery system;
  • A small, integrated delivery system (less than 20,000 members) is viable.

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