The Key to Healthcare Innovation

As I’ve thought through my own entrepreneurial journey, I think this is the biggest key differentiator between me and many others. Ideas are so easy. Everyone has them and great entrepreneurs have thousands of them. The really really hard thing is to do something about them.

I hate to think about the millions of ideas that have come to people in healthcare and nothing’s been done about them. They lie dormant in someone’s mind since someone doesn’t feel empowered to do something about it. They never see the light of day because someone is afraid to share the idea with someone else who could help them make it a reality.

While we love to tell stories of innovation that get wrapped up really nice with a pretty bow on top. The reality is that every innovation I’ve seen in healthcare is always much messier than a story portrays. This is why making an idea happen is so hard. Having the idea is easy. Actually acting on an idea is messy and often extremely difficult.

Thank you Dr. Shrestha for the challenge coming out of HIMSS where a lot of ideas are thrown around. Now’s the time to help make those ideas happen.

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.