David Shaywitz (@DShaywitz) writes:
'Physicians are ideally positioned to drive the revolution in digital health – a revolution that to my eyes seems largely driven by the technologists, who tend to provide tools in search of application, rather than by doctors, who routinely encounter problems but don’t always have the experience or ability to see these as important opportunities, problems that might be solvable (easily, in some cases) with the right technology.
Eric von Hippel of MIT has highlighted the importance of “field discovery” – practitioners working on problems they encounter — in driving medical innovation.
In contrast, many medical products companies are largely solution machines in search of a problem, and might really benefit, at the earliest stages of project selection, from input from clinicians on the front line, as the gap between illness as understood by R&D groups and as experienced by patients and the physicians who treat them can be both profound and alarming.'
Shaywitz offers 'four reasons why the idea of an inquisitive clinician pursuing academic medicine by starting companies within the university seems smart and appealing:'
1. Evolving health information technology (HIT) creates opportunities as well as challenges
2. Field discovery is essential for medical innovation
3. They're in the right place at the right time
4. They may be able to forge a 'translational medicine innovator' track on the basis of the compelling nature of their proposition
Via Andrew Spong