I recall a couple of years ago walking through the aisles at the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C., I was amazed at all the different exhibitors (181 listed in the program guide) many of whom were selling (in their words) the next great solution that would revolutionize health care. I’m sure some of them did have great products, but as I explored further, I found many offered a very niche solution, which failed to demonstrate how they’d have a revolutionary impact. Many of the vague or flimsy solutions suggested mHealth was just the latest rage, and companies were simply trying to get something out there to attract market attention.
The health care industry is in transition and because of this, new leadership styles need to be implemented to effectively lead and manage in this new paradigm. With the introduction of new laws, regulations, care coordination and payment models, health care providers need to adjust not only how they treat patients, but also how they work together. Long established leadership beliefs may need to change for physicians and other health care professionals as a team based approach becomes more necessary to be effective.
Innovation is a term that lately seems to be used quite freely. It reminds me of similar “high-level” terms such as “strategy” or “marketing”—it can mean different things to different people. I also think the term innovation gets confused with invention, ideation or even R&D, but finding the true definition can be challenging. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “a new idea, device, or method” and “the act or process of introducing” such things. Even some famous folks have taken a swing at defining innovation: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs; and “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” – Peter Drucker.