Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

How to Create Cluster Clutter

Digital health ecosystems have spread around the world. Like all clusters, they have a life cycle that starts with koombaya and the enthusiasm of creating something new and exciting but, unfortunately, at some point , devolve into conflicting interests who seem more interested in WIIFM with consequent confusion or blurring of the original vision, mission, values, value proposition, business model ...

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Lead Innovators, Don’t Manage Innovation

Sound Like a Leader

Chief Innovation Officers are growing like weeds. Some think their job is to manage innovation. Some even go so far as to define their desirable traits. They might as well quit since managing innovation will take them in the wrong direction. Instead, they should be leading innovators. Here’s why: 1. Everyone seems to have a different definition of innovation. Be sure ...

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Separate Healthcare From Sick Care

We have a sick care system that masquerades as a healthcare system. Yet, taking care of patients with acute disease is a lot different than disease prevention, chronic care and complex chronic care disease management and population health. We need to unbundle the two and create systems, manpower and education programs designed to address the unique challenges of each. We ...

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The Medical Matriarchy?

The highest paying jobs in the US are in tech, medicine and law. For the first time, there are more women in medical school than men, but only 30% of the physician workforce are women. 60% of pharmacists are women. However, women hold only 20% of tech jobs. Over one in three lawyers are women. Several social cross currents are destroying patriarchies in the ...

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The 5 P’s of Product or Non-Profit Success

You’ve heard about the 4 P’s of Marketing: Product, Price, Promotion and Place (distribution channels) Whether you are an intrapreneur, a technopreneur, a service provider, own and run a private practice, an edupreneur or a social entrepreneur, the success of your product, service or non-profit will depend on your answering the 5Ps: What is the problem you are trying to solve? Start by ...

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Rookie Entrepreneur Mindset Mistakes

Innovation starts with the right mindset. Doctors who are considering a side gig or an alternative non-clinical career, have a hard time getting their heads around the entrepreneurial mindset. There is a difference between the clinical mindset and the entrepreneurial mindset. In my view, only about 1% of doctors have an entrepreneurial mindset because premeds don’t get selected for that trait. They get selected ...

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Fundamentals of Edupreneurship

Entrepreneurship means many things to many people. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that entrepreneurship refers, exclusively, to starting businesses. In fact, if we use the definition that entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity with scarce or uncontrolled resources with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of innovation, then it means much more. In fact, there are many ...

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Entrepreneurial Psychopathologies

The US Armed Forces has a problem with soldier suicide and depression. In early 2013, the official website of the United States Department of Defense announced the startling statistic that the number of military suicides in 2012 had far exceeded the total of those killed in battle—an average of nearly one a day. A month later came an even more sobering ...

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Scaling School

Several years ago, I decided to give sailing a try. I started by going on a few local trips with some folks who owned a small boat and then, gradually, decided to improve my skills and confidence. Eventually, I completed “ground school” and then took several trips that required more and more skills, like navigation, man overboard drills, dealing with ...

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Virtuous Entrepreneurship

The evolution of the cyberintelligence driven economy-the fourth industrial revolution-is forcing everyone, including entrepreneurs, to answer some tough questions: How to not just create but share the value they create How to provide people with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies they need to succeed and grow into the middle class When and how to use technology to scale humans, ...

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