Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

How Doctors and Patients Can Win the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a mental model created by the leaders of the Joint Economic Forum and describes how physical, digital and biologic technologies have collided and the resulting challenges and opportunities that presents. Here is how AI is changing sick care. Here is how 3-D printing is changing sick care. Here are the opportunities using VR/AR in sick care. Google and ...

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How to Overcome the Barriers to Academic & Industry Collaboration

Almost 20 years ago, a report from the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine described the results of a conference addressing and the barriers to academic-industry collaboration and solutions to overcome them. While there has been slow progress addressing these issues, for the most part, the barriers persist and industry frustration with academic medical centers continues. Trends in ...

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Innovating Takes Courage

Being an innovator takes courage. You are a guerrilla fighter waging war against the status quo, vested interests and corporate bureaucracy that have sophisticated defenses against intruders that seek to threaten their cash flow, culture and business models. You are fighting for the hearts and minds of patient customers ,payers, providers and non-users alike and will need to overcome your ...

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Business People Are Lousy Doctors

So doctors are lousy business people, huh? Well, imagine if your doctor prescribed something based only on your chief complaint. They did not take a history. They did no physical exam and they did no lab tests or imaging if it were necessary . Yet, business people, particularly digipreneurs, do it all the time. If you think about it, entrepreneurs are continual ...

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How to Overcome Innovation and Change Fatigue

Alvin Toffler passed away in June 2016 at the age of 87. The author of Future Shock, he warned us almost 50 years ago about the effects of change and our unpreparedness to address it. We are now suffering some the consequences he predicted by not being aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment of, what he called, the disease of change. ...

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How to find the IDEAL problem

The 12 steps to biomedical innovation starts with being a problem seeker, not a problem solver. Eventually, to be successful, customer problems and solutions need to meld around a VAST business model i.e. one that is not just profitable, but that demonstrates: 1. Validity Regardless or which elements of your model you choose, they have to be valid. In other words, the dogs have to ...

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Sick Care is a Wicked Problem

Sick care is a wicked problem. By that, I don’t mean just scary. A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems. Horst ...

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Why Sickcare Innovation Centers Don’t Deliver

If you work for a big, established company, you’ve probably been noticing the sudden rise of a new trend: the innovation lab. Companies as diverse as Delta Air Lines, Target, Google, Pfizer, Marriott, Autodesk, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Verizon, and Stanley Black & Decker are jumping on the bandwagon. As discussed on this site recently, open innovation labs like this bring The Garage Experience inside ...

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Innovation Starts With The Right Mindset

My back of the envelope observation is that about 1% of doctors, engineers and scientists have an entrepreneurial mindset and the 6 habits that define it, as described by Narang and Devaiah, in their book, “Orbit Shifting Innovation”: 1. Personal growth relates to the size of the challenge, not the size of the kingdom. What motivates real innovators is the more exciting challenge, ...

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