The Innovator’s Prescription by Clayton M. Christensen

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A groundbreaking prescription for health care reform–from a legendary leader in innovation . . .

Our health care system is in critical condition. Each year, fewer Americans can afford it, fewer businesses can provide it, and fewer government programs can promise it for future generations.

We need a cure, and we need it now.

Harvard Business School’s Clayton M. Christensen—whose bestselling The Innovator’s Dilemma revolutionized the business world—presents The Innovator’s Prescription, a comprehensive analysis of the strategies that will improve health care and make it affordable.

Christensen applies the principles of disruptive innovation to the broken health care system with two pioneers in the field—Dr. Jerome Grossman and Dr. Jason Hwang. Together, they examine a range of symptoms and offer proven solutions.


  • “Precision medicine” reduces costs and makes good on the promise of personalized care
  • Disruptive business models improve quality, accessibility, and affordability by changing the way hospitals and doctors work
  • Patient networks enable better treatment of chronic diseases
  • Employers can change the roles they play in health care to compete effectively in the era of globalization
  • Insurance and regulatory reforms stimulate disruption in health care

Why the President Should Read It
Because if he had, he wouldn’t have pushed through the health care reform bill we have currently. And if he would read it, understand it, and focus on truly solving the problems in our health care system rather than seeking to increase the power of the government then he would repeal it.

Personal Notes
Perhaps the publication of no other book was as timely as this one. Unfortunately, those politicians who passed the recent health care reform bill appear not to have read it. If they had, they would understand that there is an argument to be made for regulating parts of our health care system, it is not the regulation in this bill nor the regulation we had previously that we need. What we need is regulation that stimulates disruptive innovation, and protecting outdated business models while creating regulations that stifle innovation and drive it overseas ain’t it, boys.