While Americans anticipate the fate of U.S. healthcare policy, experts are still pondering one question. How can healthcare be transformed to become more affordable and accessible? Clay Christensen’s answer isn’t new (he first put it forth in his 2008 book, “The Innovator’s Prescription”) but he’s never been more sure of its promise: disruptive innovation.

Nearly a decade later, Christensen outlines new evidence that proves a disruptive healthcare delivery system is well within reach. His latest research, “How Disruption Can Finally Revolutionize Healthcare” – co-written with Andrew Waldeck, senior partner at Innosight, and Rebecca Fogg, healthcare researcher at the Christensen Institute – offers recommendations for providers, payers, legislators and healthcare innovators to improve health and lower the cost of care, simultaneously.

“While many incumbent organizations have struggled with change, the levels of innovation in primary care and Medicare Advantage provide reason for optimism,” says Christensen. “These are the sectors where new business models are being created, new capabilities around understanding the consumer are being put to the test, and where a holistic approach to managing long-term health is yielding promising results.”

Among the advancements Christensen and his colleagues recommend are:

  • For providers to develop and leverage new mechanisms to scale models of holistic primary care, tailored toward individuals
  • For payers to scale cost-saving pilot programs within Medicare Advantage, continuing to test the context of disruption
  • For legislators to focus on enabling models of care that lower costs by maximizing population health
  • For innovators to understand how urgent imperatives are changing the basis of competition, driving all stakeholders to develop new strategies, business models and capabilities

Christensen is convinced healthcare is finally ripe for disruption. Contact us to hear more about how he can help position – and empower – your organization to transform the future of care.

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