Article 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.
User-friendly technology and the internet have given rise to “free innovation movements” in various industries, including the medical field. In an article published in MIT Sloan Management Review, a team of scholars discusses the benefits of patient innovation, calling upon both governments and the private sector to support it. The article is a fascinating read for patients, medical providers, commercial product designers and regulators alike.
About the Authors
Harold DeMonaco, Pedro Oliveira, Andrew Torrance, Christiana von Hippel and Eric von Hippel are scholars in the fields of technological innovation, law and health care at research institutions in the United States and Europe.