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When Patients Become Innovators by Christiana von Hippel, Eric von Hippel, Andrew Torrance, Pedro Oliveira, Harold DeMonaco

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When Patients Become Innovators

Health care consumers are contributing their skills, money, and time to develop effective solutions that aren’t available on the commercial market.

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Patients are increasingly able to conceive and develop sophisticated medical devices and services to meet their own needs — often without any help from companies that produce or sell medical products. This “free” patient-driven innovation process enables them to benefit from important advances that are not commercially available. ...

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