World’s Most Influential Business Thinker, Clayton Christensen, Discussed Radiology’s Future at RLI Leadership Summit

August 11, 2014

Best-selling author, renowned business thinker and Harvard Business School Professor, Clayton M. Christensen, Ph.D., discussed disruptive innovation in health care and its possible effects on the radiology business model during his keynote address at the American College of Radiology’s Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) Leadership Summit, which just concluded. The summit was held at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

Christensen, who was named the most influential living management thinker in the world by Thinkers50, predicted that the evolution of medicine may see more low cost, non-physician providers dispensing primary health care. He urged radiologists to move their practices toward the nexus of the health care team and work to improve health outcomes as their ultimate goal. He proposed that employment with large health care systems such as the Mayo Clinic or Kaiser Permanente might be the best setting to achieve these goals.

“If radiologists [and other physicians] were to become employees of such large organizations or accountable care organizations, they might avoid battles over health care economics, and be able to concentrate solely on being doctors,” said Clayton M. Christensen, Ph.D.

Several RLI attendees provided counterpoints to Prof. Christensen’s premise and assertions, which resulted in a spirited, but enlightening discussion. He received tremendous applause following his address and corresponding question and answer session.

“We are grateful to have had such an accomplished speaker and insightful discussion about radiology’s future and our role in the future of American health care,” said Cynthia Sherry, M.D., FACR, medical director of the Radiology Leadership Institute and chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Leadership and Practice Development.

The RLI Leadership Summit combines radiology experts with renowned business school faculty to provide real-world training that can be put into immediate practice. Featured topics at the 2014 event included big data and analytics, medical vs. business innovation and social media.

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