Disruptive innovation in rural American healthcare: the physician assistant practice
International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing
Article publication date: 5 June 2017
This article proposes a new disruptive innovation in healthcare through the development of a physician assistant business model, which can be most readily applied in vulnerable rural health care settings.
This study reviews the current state of the health care system in terms of physician assistant utilization and primary care shortages in rural communities. The study proposes that the physician assistant-owned and -operated primary care business represents a disruptive innovation, via the application of the five principles of Clayton Christensen’s (1997) thesis on disruptive innovation.
Considering the current state of the health care industry, the study logically defends the proposed model as a disruptive innovation in that it: focuses on an underserved market, has lower costs, has few competitors, offers high quality and provides a sustainable competitive advantage.
The physician assistant business model is a viable solution for providing primary care for rural communities with educational, financial, transportation and other resource limitations.
This is a unique application of the theory of disruptive innovation, which illustrates how a new business model can solve a chronic shortage in primary care, especially in underserved populations.
Kushins, E.R., Heard, H. and Weber, J.M. (2017), "Disruptive innovation in rural American healthcare: the physician assistant practice", International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 165-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPHM-10-2016-0056
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