Many agree that the current U.S. healthcare system is unsustainable, and that reform is imminent, but there is little certainty around how to accomplish this. While legislature and federal policy is necessary, the recent HBR article, “Transforming Health Care from the Ground Up,” calls for bottom-up innovation that challenges current care delivery models. Despite facing setbacks along the course, the entrepreneurial change-drivers cited within the article, challenged the status quo and pioneered a new way of delivering care to patients that was ultimately successful.
Google, one of the fastest growing companies in the world, has instilled a bottom-up innovation model, where many of their ideas are fueled by their employees and their culture encourages creativity. In an industry desperate for reform, there should be many more instances of bottom-up innovation within healthcare. Do you have any examples that you would like to share?