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The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care by Jason D. Hwang, Jerome H. Grossman, Clayton Christensen

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Chapter 5Disruptive Solutions for the Care of Chronic Disease

The business model innovations that we described in Chapters 3 and 4 are important elements of a strategy to reduce the cost, increase the quality, and improve accessibility of health care. But the business model innovations for the treatment of chronic disease that we describe in this chapter are perhaps the most important innovations of all.

Ninety million Americans currently have chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and dementia. More than one-third of young adults aged 18 to 34, two-thirds of adults aged 45 to 64, and nearly 90 percent of the elderly have at least one chronic disease.1 Acute conditions like infectious diseases, trauma, and maternity care ...

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