Disruptive Technologies and Innovations: Changing Health Care Worldwide
Consider the following excerpt from an article in Managed Care:
A disruptive technology, or technological enabler, is a new technology that unexpectedly displaces an established technology, but only if it is accompanied by an innovative business model. The enabler is generally cheaper, simpler, smaller, and frequently more convenient to use. It is initially embraced by the least profitable and usually the poorest customers in a market… A disruptive innovation is one that brings to market products and services that are much more affordable, and, in the end, much higher in quality. It improves a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or being designed for a different set of consumers.
- Review Chapter 33, “Informatics Solutions for Emergency Planning and Response,” in the course text.
- Consider how organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are taking strides to address public health issues worldwide, including emergency planning and response.
- How might disruptive technologies and innovations assist health care organizations in these efforts? Conduct additional research as necessary.
Post an explanation of how disruptive technologies and innovations might contribute to public health efforts worldwide, specifically in areas with disadvantaged populations. Explain how these technologies might also assist emergency planning and response efforts. Support your response with specific examples from the research literature.