Innovator’s Prescription Book

A book title recently came across my twitter stream called: The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care The title sounded familiar and when I went and learned more about the book, I realized it was from the same author of the relatively famous business book called The Innovator’s Dilemma The book is written by Harvard Business School’s Clayton M. Christensen who is a very popular writer at Harvard business school. I’ve read a number of his works and the man is just good at what he does.

Of course, this makes me wonder if he knows anything about health care. Has anyone read this book? I’d love to hear some reviews about whether it’s worth my time to read it or not.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


  • Clay partnered with myself and another physician (the renowned Jerry Grossman) to ensure his theories from the business world were grounded in reality once applied to health care. I think the lack of input from health care circles has been a frequent, and sometimes valid, criticism of other books that attempt to bridge business and health. In our case, I think we made a concerted effort to validate our conclusions with all the various stakeholders involved.

    Jason Hwang, M.D.

  • I am about to read it – read his others – there is a online lecture from MIT that he gave by the same title. From the lecture he seems to have many good insights but – sorry Jason – he seemed to have a bias for institutional health and lacked insight into solutions for the majority of docs who work in places like a suburb of Fargo, North Dakota. From his own definitions I had trouble discerning whether he was suggesting true healthcare innovation or meaning a product improvement.

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