In The Innovator’s Prescription Clayton Christensen details how technology is disrupting health care. He describes the provision of medical care as occurring on a spectrum ranging from intuitive medicine to precision medicine. Intuitive medicine is care for conditions loosely diagnosed by symptoms and treated with therapies of unclear efficacy. Precision medicine is the delivery of care for diseases that can be precisely diagnosed and with predictable, evidence-based treatments. Intuitive medicine is almost entirely dependent upon clinical judgment. Precision medicine not as much. 19th century medicine was intuitive; the 21st century will prove precise.
When we think about our role as doctors, we like to see ourselves as providers of intuitive medicine. It’s how we were all trained – products of 20th century mentoring. And so we see of ourselves just as indispensable as we were 100 years ago. But as medicine makes its march toward predictive care all of this will change.
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The best book on health care reform — or surviving it — is the “The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care.” The decade worth of research spent understanding, studying, and ultimately offering solutions to make the health care system more accessible, higher quality, and affordable is clear.
Unlike other books, the authors, respected Harvard Business School (HBS) professor Clayton Christensen, Jerome Grossman, a doctor who also was the Director of Health Care Delivery Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and Jason Hwang, another doctor and graduate of the MBA program at HBS, avoid the traps the plague most other solutions by taking a completely different perspective by looking at other industries where products and services offered were “so complicated and expensive that only people with a lot of money can afford them, and only people with a lot of expertise can provide or use them.” Yet convincingly through plenty of examples, it shows how telephones, computers, and airline travel moved from only accessible to those with the resources to become available and affordable to all.
The book tackles every aspect of health care and asks how will those in health care be disrupted and subsequently surpassed by other providers which deliver care that is more convenient, higher quality, and lower cost. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Saving Money and Surviving the Healthcare Crisis*