Disruptive Technologies and Innovations: Changing Health Care Worldwide

Consider the following excerpt from an article in Managed Care:

A disruptive technology, or technological enabler, is a new technology that unexpectedly displaces an established technology, but only if it is accompanied by an innovative business model. The enabler is generally cheaper, simpler, smaller, and frequently more convenient to use. It is initially embraced by the least profitable and usually the poorest customers in a market… A disruptive innovation is one that brings to market products and services that are much more affordable, and, in the end, much higher in quality. It improves a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or being designed for a different set of consumers.
(Glabman, 2009)

In health care, there are many new technologies and innovations that can be considered “disruptive” by the definitions outlined above. In this final Discussion, you explore how disruptive technologies and innovations have the potential to transform health care practices worldwide.

To prepare:

  • Review Chapter 34, “Public Health Practice Applications,” and Chapter 35, “Informatics Solutions for Emergency Planning and Response,” in the course text. SEE ATTACHED FILES
  • Consider how organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are taking strides to address public health issues worldwide, including emergency planning and response.
  • How might disruptive technologies and innovations assist health care organizations in these efforts? Conduct additional research as necessary.

Post by tomorrow Wednesday 08/10/16 550 words in APA format and 3 references from the list below

1)An explanation of how disruptive technologies and innovations might contribute to public health efforts worldwide, specifically in areas with disadvantaged populations.

2) Explain how these technologies might also assist emergency planning and response efforts. Support your response with specific examples from the research literature.


Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.



·   Saba, V. K., & McCormick, K. A. (2015). Essentials of nursing informatics (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

o   Chapter 32, “Public Health Practice Applications”

This chapter focuses on the application of informatics to public health. It also provides information on public health information systems and how these two areas can improve health in the United States.

o   Chapter 33, “Informatics Solutions for Emergency Planning and Response”

Attention to emergency planning and response has steadily increased over the past few years. This chapter focuses on the role that information technologies increasingly play in disaster management scenarios and emergency preparedness.

·   Armour, Q., & Thizy, D. (2010). 11 disruptive technologies that will change the face of EHRs—and how your competition is using them. Retrieved from http://s3.amazonaws.com/rdcms-himss/files/production/public/HIMSSorg/Content/files/Code%20151-Disruptive%20Technologies%20That%20Will%20Change%20the%20Face%20of%20EHRs%E2%80%94and%20How%20Your%20Competition%20is%20Using%20Them_Macadamian.pdf
This article explores a variety of disruptive technologies and how they are used in health care.


·   Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012d). The future of informatics. Baltimore: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes.

Gail Latimer discusses her personal history with technology and the informatics field. She illustrates how professionals from diverse backgrounds can come together to create new informatics technologies and also highlights key challenges that the informatics profession will experience in the future. Dr. Roy Simpson conveys his vision for future informaticists and offers an important closing message.

Optional Resources

·   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Public health genomics. Retrieved August 9, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/

·   Atkinson, H. G., Montgomery, B., Igrejas, A., & Hill, S. (2011). Improving health and avoiding alarming trends. In T. Miller (Ed.),Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America (pp. 216–245). Retrieved from http://dreamofanation.org/docs/chapters/healthchapter.pdf

·   Romano, A. M., Gerber, H., & Andrews, D. (2010). Social media, power, and the future of VBAC. Journal of Perinatal Education, 19(3), 43–52.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases

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