Clayton Christensen’s Prescription For Health Care

In the 1990s, Clay Christensen championed disruptive innovation.Then he got hit with diabetes, a heart attack, cancer and a stroke. Now he’s talking health care. We’ll listen.

Clayton Christensen (Courtesy of Evgenia Eliseeva/Harvard University)

Clayton Christensen (Courtesy of Evgenia Eliseeva/Harvard University)

In the 1990’s, big-thinking business guru Clayton Christensen was a colossus in the world of business theory. His “Innovator’s Dilemma” and theory of “disruptive innovation” were at the heart of the Internet revolution.

Then, Christensen turned to health care. Very personally. He had long had diabetes, but in recent years, in just his fifties, Christensen the colossus was hit with heart attack, cancer, stroke.

A brutal parade of health challenges. Now he’s really thinking about health care. Disruptively.

This hour On Point: disruptive innovation champion Clay Christensen on American health care.

– Tom Ashbrook


Clayton Christensen, “one of the most influential business theorists of the last 50 years,” according to Forbes. Professor, Harvard Business School and author of “The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care” and “The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business.” He is co-founder of the consulting firm Innosight and founder of the investment firm Rose Park Advisors. He was featured last month in Forbes magazine in an article titled “Clayton Christensen: The Survivor.” He has suffered from diabetes, a heart attack, cancer and a stroke.  See a photo gallery and some video on the Forbes site.

George Miller, congressman representing the 7th District in the East Bay of San Francisco since 1975. He was one of three committee chairmen who wrote and passed President Obama’s healthcare plan. He is senior Democrat of the House Education and Workforce Committee, which helps oversee the implementation of the healthcare plan and chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.

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