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Helping Organizations Benchmark and Accelerate Their Digital Health Innovation Activities

Globally, organizations are being buffeted by enormous changes in health, medicine and wellness due to digital health technologies.

And, the pace of innovation in digital is much faster than what people in global health are used to. There’s an ongoing tension between the need to move quickly in terms of evaluating and integrating new solutions and the financial, legal and medical incentives (or disincentives) that shape how rapidly technologies are adopted.

The challenges facing health organizations will only accelerate as digital health matures and evolves into what futurist, strategist and researcher Fard Johnmar calls the "Age of Implementation." (Note: See the image below for details on how digital health has (and will) evolve over the next 10 years and beyond.)


The Age of Implementation will be characterized by organizations asking (and seeking to answer) a basic question: What’s the best way to implement digital solutions so that they truly have an impact on what author, speaker and entrepreneur Dave Chase calls the quadruple aim: improved health outcomes, lower costs, better patient experiences and clinician satisfaction?

Answering this question will, in part, require organizations to understand and carefully investigate the four major forces impacting digital health innovation (see image below).


When looking at how organizations integrate digital innovations into their products, services and operations, it is vital to consider:

  • Whether they truly understand the innovation and have sufficient support from leadership to use technologies in more than a piecemeal fashion (human)
  • If the innovation has the ability to provide financial benefits, such as increased profits or reduced costs (economic)
  • The policy/regulatory environment inside or outside the organization, as whether legislation, regulations and procedures exist and are restrictive or permissive can play a role in whether innovations flourish or are stillborn (policy)
  • Does the organization have the technical ability and know-how to actually develop and implement certain technology solutions (technological)

Partly to help organizations understand and benchmark these innovation forces Fard , developed a unique framework called the Digital Health Innovation Integration Curve (see below).


This framework outlines three key stages of innovation activity — from initial awareness to scaling the use of digital health technologies across the enterprise.

In December 2015, we launched a major research initiative designed to help organizations accelerate their innovation activities by benchmarking progress in digital health.

Participants also receive immediate access to actionable insights that help them understand, using the Digital Health Innovation Integration Curve, their strengths, weakness and other important factors impacting their activities. To learn more about the State of Digital Health Innovation research project, please click the button below.

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