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The process of health care innovation: problem sequences, systems, and symbiosis

Davide Consoli, Andrew McMeekin, J. Stan Metcalfe, Andrea Mina and Ronnie Ramlogan

in The Economics of New Health Technologies

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550685
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550685.003.0002
 The process of health care innovation: problem sequences, systems, and symbiosis

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This chapter examines the role of process in innovation. It analyses an interesting evolutionary perspective and presents empirical evidence from an example of the intra-ocular lens and the treatment of glaucoma. It focuses on systems of innovation, arguing that generation and delivery of new medical practices is dependent on the creation of sophisticated innovation systems that rely on the specialization, diversification, and co-ordination of activities that are complementary to health care institutions.

Keywords: process innovation; glaucoma; intra-ocular lens; health care systems innovation; medical innovation

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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