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Rock Health’s ‘Another record-breaking first half’ in digital health funding is actually–flat. (With a Soapbox Extra!)

...recently and made this eye-rolling (at least to this Editor) statement: Is there one area in the last 30 years where the initial innovation was driven by an institution of any sort? I couldn’t think of a single area where innovation—large innovation—came from a big institution. Retailing wasn’t disrupted by Walmart, it was by Amazon. Media wasn’t changed by CBS or NBC, it was by YouTube and Twitter. Cars weren’t transformed by Volkswagen and GM—and people said you can’t do cars in startups—but then came Tesla. Other than making a point that Clayton Christensen made a decade or more ago,... Continue Reading

‘Tis the season of mellow fruitfulness..and consultations

...Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH). Having learned about disruptive innovation at the feet of the man himself, Clayton Christensen, this editor gets just a little uncomfortable when experts seek to impose order on the process (especially ‘taxonomies’), as by definition it is chaotic and opportunistic. However the four areas that the survey seeks views on are: 1. New models of person-centred community-based health delivery that allow a decentralisation from traditional health care venues like hospitals to integrated care models (e.g. transfer of records to patients); 2. New technologies that allow early diagnostics, personalised medicine, health... Continue Reading

CES Unveiled New York

...CES Innovation Awards) now on pre-order (delivery next month) for a slightly higher price ($420) than forecast at June’s CEWeek [TTA 26 June].’s home automation and security systems are now incorporating much of what they helped develop for the BeClose telecare system, which according to their representative is concentrating on senior housing and LTC. Previously in TTA: Further to Mr DuBravac’s thoughts on disruption theory à la Clayton Christensen, his white paper article mentions the needed debate on where the theory’s gone off the rails [TTA 24 June] and a second digital era that ‘opens the floodgates of disruption.”... Continue Reading

Soapbox Round 2: ‘disruptive innovation’ debate disrupts ‘the chattering classes’

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”180″ /]It’s a Blackboard Jungle out there. Clayton Christensen rebuts Jill Lepore on most–but not all–of her views on his theory of disruptive innovation [TTA 24 June] aired in a New Yorker cover story. The forum is a follow up interview (20 June) with BusinessWeek. (Hat tip to Tom Boyle commenting on the original Soapbox. Also see a just-released HBR video interview, link below.) Your Editor agrees with his point that his theories have been developed and updated far beyond his first (1997) book, ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’, the only one she refers to. (Similarly, I am most familiar... Continue Reading

Soapbox: Is ‘disruptive innovation’ a theory gone off the tracks? and even aggressive, defensive business strategy (as Ron Hammerle’s Soapbox on sidetracked innovation pointed out). Many of Prof. Christensen’s acolytes ignore history (and business strategy) altogether in a near-religious form of Determinism-by-Innovation. There is also another circle–a circular logic prevalent in Mr Christensen’s theories summarized aptly by Ms Lepore: If an established company doesn’t disrupt, it will fail, and if it fails it must be because it didn’t disrupt. When a startup fails, that’s a success, since epidemic failure is a hallmark of disruptive innovation. Well, even Excel alerts you to one’s errors in circular formulas. Perhaps the history... Continue Reading

An architect’s POV on transforming rural health

‘Wellness districts’ and restructuring beyond walls and payments [grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”175″ /]Healthcare building architect Doug Elting cannot be accused of thinking small. The Transformation of Rural Health starts with reimagining healthcare facilities serving rural areas into facilitators of population health: “…the local healthcare center as the source of health and vitality….focus(ing) on the provision of services that will maintain health, enhance public participation and redefine the scope of care.” (Not difficult imagining when you see an attractive wellness/rehab center like Butler County Health Care Center in Nebraska, left.) Like Clayton Christensen, Mr Elting envisions decentralized care that incorporates telehealth, care... Continue Reading

Soapbox: How healthcare disruption can be sidetracked

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”170″ /]Ron Hammerle’s comment on Disruptive innovation in healthcare hasn’t begun yet: Christensen (TTA 31 Mar), posted on LinkedIn’s Healthcare Innovation by Design group, made the excellent point that a potentially disruptive and decentralizing healthcare service–retail clinics–has been sidetracked, at least in the US, leaving an open question on their reason for being. This Editor thought it was worthy of a Soapbox. Mr. Hammerle knows of what he speaks because his Tampa, Florida-based company, Health Resources Ltd., works with retail and employer-based clinics to connect them via telemedicine/telehealth systems with medical centers. When Clayton Christensen first anticipated that... Continue Reading

A ‘disruptive’ US primary care delivery app with UK roots

This past week, this Editor spoke with Jason Hwang, MD, one of the three co-authors of The Innovator’s Prescription and noted here recently [TTA 31 Mar]. Since leaving the executive director spot at Innosight Institute (now The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation), he and a team have been developing a smartphone app, PolkaDoc, that may bring a little disruptive innovation to simple primary care. The intent is to make remote primary care for basic needs far more accessible to the general public 24/7, helping to alleviate the shortage (and workload) of US primary care physicians (GPs). The individual first... Continue Reading

Disruptive innovation in healthcare hasn’t begun yet: Christensen

Clayton Christensen, as many of our readers know, pioneered a theory of disruption in business models and a three-step cycle of innovation (empowering, sustaining and efficiency, now quite broken indeed). With two other writers, he applied these theories to healthcare in the 2009 book ‘The Innovator’s Prescription’ which this Editor heard co-author Jason Hwang, MD present in 2009 at the Connected Health Symposium and at a private meeting in 2011. One would think that we’d be well into disruption, which is part of the empowering innovation cycle and which the authors championed in the book as underway. The surprise at... Continue Reading

Wearables solving real ‘jobs to be done’

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”200″ /]This Editor strongly believes that the heart of a great product is that it addresses, in Clayton Christensen’s terms, a ‘job to be done’–or as pre-social media marketing writing put it, ‘not a ‘nice to have’–a must-have’. Venture Beat, usually a facilitator of the D3H (Digital Health Hypester Horde), has an unusually sober and personal article from writer Christina Farr highlighting five wearable devices and how they could be ‘must-haves’, improving quality of life for significant groups of everyday people. The OrCam computer-assisted vision device (above) for those with low vision, which interprets nearby visual inputs, including... Continue Reading