In Hospitals and Health Networks Weekly, Healthcare futurist Joe Flower offers a provocative essay on innovation in the health industry in his article Something Wizard this Way Comes. He explains how new business models and technologies are leading the way toward better, faster, cheaper healthcare. Most importantly, he explains why much of this innovation is not coming from the usual players in the industry.
I believe Joe is right. Not only is change being forced by an economic need for better, faster, cheaper healthcare; it is being driven by consumers who are demanding something better. It is also being driven by a new generation of young professionals who are increasingly impatient with a status quo that doesn’t fit their digital lifestyle.
Someone who personifies this new generation is my colleague, Dr. Jay Parkinson. Jay is probably best known for his early involvement with a new model for medical practice called Hello Health. Here’s what Jay told me about what inspired him to invent Hello Health when he appeared as a guest on our monthly, on-line video program, Microsoft Health Tech Today.