In this episode, we talk about overcoming innovation inertia in healthcare. More specifically, we talk about how to identify the obstacles within organizations, and, most importantly, how to overcome them to accelerate implementation of new solutions.

My guest on this episode is Fard Johnmar. He is the founder and president of the innovation consultancy Enspektos, and he has spent nearly 20 years in global health. For the last decade, he has focused on the digital health sector, where he advises executives, entrepreneurs and medical professionals who are working to develop digital health tools and technologies. Fard and I both serve as mentors in the StartupBootcamp Digital Health Accelerator in Berlin, Germany, and he also authored and produced the State of Digital Health Innovation research initiative.

Fard has joined us review some of the findings of the first wave of the 2016 ‘State of Digital Health Innovation’ report. In this episode we discuss the 4 forces affecting innovation, how to find out how your organization stacks up on adopting new innovations, and 3 key tips for overcoming innovation inertia.

Today's topics:

  • The two tough questions facing digital health innovators
  • The four areas of friction in implementing innovation
  • The three tips on overcoming innovation inertia
  • How to get a personalized assessment of your organization

Links and Resources Mentioned

Digital Health Maven Podcast
State of Digital Health Innovation Study (Wave 1 Download)
Take part in the Digital Health Innovation Study Wave 2

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Lighting Round Answers

Q: What is a saying or quote that motivates you:
A: “Ever on and upward” ~ Billy Strayhorn

Q: What advice do you have for innovators and entrepreneurs working in health?
A: Two things: 1) Understand how healthcare works in the area of the world you're working in, and 2) Understand that your technology really needs to address a pain point people are experiencing.

Q: What book would you recommend and why?
A: “Steal like an Artist” by Austin Kleon

Q: What technology, tool or app (besides Slack) would you recommend, and why?
A: Wearables to passively track information

Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?
A: Susan G Komen Foundation

State of Digital Health Innovation 2016: Wave 1 Study Results


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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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