Innosight Institute Explores Disruptive Innovations in Health Care

Aug 11, 2010, 12:46 PM, Posted by RWJF Blog Team

The Innosight Institute, a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank, released the first of six whitepapers examining how disruptive innovations in integrated health care systems are generating higher quality care at a lower cost. We funded this research to identify critical factors necessary for facilitating disruptive innovation in health care. We’ve been long-time fans of Professor Clayton M. Christensen, and are excited to work with him because we believe that the principles of his theory of disruptive innovation could lead to significant positive changes in health care delivery.

This first case study focuses on HealthPartners, America's largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization. HealthPartners’ integrated health system acts as both insurer and provider of care. According to Innosight’s research, this system design, which includes functions such as ranking physicians, providing patients control over physicians’ schedules and incorporating dental services and coverage has led HealthPartners to deliver a high quality of care at a cost that is even less than Minnesota’s already low average (30 percent below the national average).

We will highlight the additional whitepapers – which will focus on other health organizations with integrated delivery models – as they launch in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we look forward to your thoughts on HealthPartners’ approach to delivering high-quality care at a lower cost. 

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.