For most industries today, disruption is the name of the game. And when it comes to innovating and moving forward with better processes and technologies, it’s no different for health care. According to a recent NEJM Catalyst survey, many within the industry believe that innovation will come from outside the traditional cadre.
The survey’s results confirm that innovation is needed across multiple sectors. Hospitals/health systems is the foremost, with 65% of respondents reporting that they believe it is the most in need of disruption. And Health IT follows with 47% – that includes EMRs and decision support technology. Health IT is also the region for which buyers are most likely to fund efforts, with 50% of respondents reporting innovation in this sector as worth the cost.
Further, 65% also believe that the greatest opportunities for primary care innovation come from start-ups. But when it comes to influence in driving adoption of new advancements, provider executives/clinical leaders and payers both sit at 92%.
So, what does that mean? For health care, while innovation may come from outside the industry, adoption needs to come from within:
Though executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians all are pinning their hopes for disruptive innovation in health care on outside forces, the reality is that innovation has to integrate with existing models. In other words, outsiders might build it, but insiders have to accept innovation for real, sustainable change to occur.