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Opinion: Health care needs less #innovation

Health care, famously resistant to change, suddenly can't stop innovating — or at least saying it is. But the industry needs less #innovation and more imitation.

Health care has caught the innovation bug.

An industry famously resistant to change suddenly can’t stop innovating — or at least saying it is. Silicon Valley startups are disrupting health care. Academic medical centers are transforming it. Insurers are revolutionizing medicine and there are any number of conferences devoted to health care innovation. Even the federal government wants in on the action.

Meanwhile, the U.S. health system is unable to safely and consistently provide some of the most basic elements of care. It struggles with massive discrepancies in quality, cost, and outcomes across the country — and performs worse than nearly all.

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