The perceptive Sandra Yin published her last editorial for FierceHealthcare last Friday. Her parting observations, titled How Boundary-Breaking Disruptive Healthcare Gets It Right (Sandra Yin, FierceHealthcare, 2/25/11) focused on signs of disruptive innovation in health care – and specifically on the convenient care models of that specific type of innovation.
She summarized her remarks thus:
What I like about these three examples is that at least one element of each disrupts the traditional models of healthcare, which assume hospitals and physician practices are the main means of delivering care. We seem to be evolving beyond that for certain kinds of conditions where the diagnosis and treatment are clear cut.
In each case, walls have fallen and traditional rivals find themselves on the same side. Lines in the sand are erased. Instead of fearing competition from urgent care, a hospital runs an urgent care facility. An ER passes along patients to a nearby urgent care facility. A retail clinic benefits from formal ties to health systems.