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When they turn up the dials...

So this happened today: I got this text from a friend in New York City:

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And I'm all like, "woah! That's huge! Is that for real, yo?"

So I tweeted:

 

And Uber tweeted back:

And here's the official site: Bringing_House_Calls_Back_with_UberHEALTH___Uber_Blog

So healthcare peeps, when we look at our bi-annual marketshare reports and ask "where'd the volume go?", remember this moment. This is one of the best examples I've seen of desire path meeting population health delivery. Remember Push For Pizza!

collaboration > litigation - Tesla opens its patents

Elon Musk, the C.E.O. of Tesla, opened up all of his patents. “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology,” he wrote in a blog post. Tesla’s competitors can now freely take advantage of its batteries, chargers, or sunroofs.

 

Musk isn’t entirely an altruist. Tesla makes electric cars, and will only succeed if the entire electric-vehicle industry succeeds.

via Why Elon Musk Just Opened Up All of Tesla's Patents : The New Yorker.

From Elsewhere: Insourcing Health Care Innovation — NEJM

Best argument I've seen for the creation of internal, embedded innovation centers to promote design-thinking as a culture in health systems. Insourcing Health Care Innovation — NEJM.

Insourcing Health Care Innovation — NEJM

 

Many health care profession- als find it irritating when management gurus recommend solving health care’s problems with approaches they would “copy and paste” from unrelated industries ...

 

...Health care is not a single problem but thousands of problems, and rather than seeking a solution derived from other fields, we’d do better to find a solution process to use from within.... 

 

...Forward-thinking health systems understand the obligation to improve value. Health care can benefit from outside perspectives in this endeavor, but clinicians have the requisite drive, experience, and context to be productive innovators. If we adapt and internalize proven innovation principles from other fields, much effective innovation can come from within. 

 

or is there another way?

UntitledCleveland Clinic CEO Delos Cosgrove, M.D. opined last year:

“Healthcare is a low-margin economic activity. Almost a quarter of American hospitals are already losing money. With that number bound to increase in coming years, we already know what to expect because we’ve seen it before in the airline, supermarket, phone and electronics businesses. There will be a wave of mergers and acquisitions to improve quality and lower costs.” Delos Cosgrove, M.D.  CEO and President at Cleveland Clinic (Article: The Great Consolidation Begins)

If M&A is the route we go, we're going to get Comcast and United Airlines.

The good news? That leaves the door wide open for anyone who sees this as an opportunity to innovate. Where's the blue ocean thinking?