Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

What They Won’t Teach You in HA school, Medical School or Residency

I think “health administration” is an anachronism, since we have a sick care system masquerading as a health care system and the last thing we need is more administrators, rather than leaderpreneurs. Consequently, those offering programs to students interested in being health systems administrators offer courses and measure competencies designed to fight a phony war. Instead, they should be requiring graduates to demonstrate the ...

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The Sickcare Innovation Bubble Problem

A bubble is an economic cycle characterized by the rapid escalation of asset prices followed by a contraction. It is created by a surge in asset prices unwarranted by the fundamentals of the asset and driven by exuberant market behavior. When no more investors are willing to buy at the elevated price, a massive sell-off occurs, causing the bubble to deflate. The pattern of a ...

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Sickcare Intrapreneur Innovation Roadmap

Sickcare professional entrepreneurs come in several flavors: private practitioners, technopreneurs, social entrepreneurs, edupreneurs, academic entrepreneurs, service providers and physician investors. Some are intrapreneurs i.e. employed physicians trying or expected to add value to their employers by acting like entrepreneurs. In other words, they are trying to create employer defined value through the deployment of innovation by deploying a product, service ...

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Problem Seeking 101

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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How to Create Your Startup Lineup

Every entrepreneur who has succeeded or failed (is there a difference?) has advice about how to get the right people on the bus. What questions should you ask at the interview? What character traits should you seek and how do you do that? How much is science and how much is just going with your gut and whether you click? What Google ...

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We Need a Cyber Czar to Run CARPA

Doctors and their patients are joining forces in a pitched battle. There are six technologies that are colliding in sick care. They represent the front lines of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Which side wins will have significant impact on the future of medicine and society. The 4th Industrial Revolution is a mental model created by the leaders of the Joint Economic Forum and ...

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Innovation Diffusion Basics

Do you wonder why some innovations diffuse, while others don’t? These days, we like to use trendy buzz words like scaling, getting traction and going viral, but the meaning is the same. But, there are many terms and concepts that are being used that are confusing , so here are some basics to set you straight: Who, when, why and ...

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What is Physician Entrepreneurship?

Victor Fuchs and Mark Cullen published an article in JAMA questioning the impact of health systems change on doctors and how the medical educational establishment should respond with curriculum reform that includes, among other things, health economics and population health. They further provide a short history of healthcare policy and structure and how it has evolved from an unregulated industry to one ...

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Don’t Make These Fundraising Mistakes

Raising money is hard, whether it be for a for profit or not for profit. You will need a plan and the right people to do it. For most entrepreneurs, it is a full time consideration. If you plan to raise money, here are some mistakes to avoid: Not having a capital raising plan Not learning how to tell your ...

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The Sick Care Entrepreneur’s Guide to 2019

Here were my entrepreneural goals for 2018 which, I suspect, won’t change much from year to year. The good news is I still make my bed every morning. If you are are a physician entrepreneur, 2019 will be another year of opportunity. In order to create user defined value through the discovery, development and deployment of innovation, you will need to continue ...

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