A case for change: Disruption in academic medicine

Marc J. Kahn, Ralph Maurer, Steven A. Wartman, Benjamin P. Sachs

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Disruptive technologies allow less expensive and more efficient processes to eventually dominate a market sector. The academic health center's tripartite mission of education, clinical care, and research is threatened by decreasing revenues and increasing expenses and is, as a result, ripe for disruption. The authors describe current disruptive technologies that threaten traditional operations at academic health centers and provide a prescription not only to survive, but also to prosper, in the face of disruptive forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1216-1219
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Education

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Kahn, M. J., Maurer, R., Wartman, S. A., & Sachs, B. P. (2014). A case for change: Disruption in academic medicine. Academic Medicine, 89(9), 1216-1219. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000000418