The Octopus As Analogy for Healthcare Innovation


“ ‘When an octopus settles on a coral
reef, it changes colors to provide protection from predators. But the color
changes are not directed centrally … Each cell has the innate capacity to
recognize its surroundings and change color to match.

We need that type of decentralized
innovation in medicine today – innovation that starts with the provider and the

“In the last chapter of his landmark book, Fixing the Primary Care Crisis,
Stephen C. Schimpff, MD FACP, introduces the above, unusual but striking
analogy, for the current healthcare conundrum.

Innovation is ubiquitous in the healthcare
community. We have come to expect it from our medical professionals, scientists
and pharmaceutical companies. What sets Dr. Schimpff’s cause célèbre apart
is his understanding that the healthcare delivery system itself is most in need
of innovation.

“It is impossible to disagree with Dr. Schimpff’s
compelling argument: The solution to the American healthcare conundrum
should be decentralized and begin at the bottom!

“Innovation From the Bottom Up”

from Michael R H Stewart founder of Crowdfunding For Good and available  in its entirety at this link: 

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