Trends in Healthcare Delivery Entrepreneurship Education

Trends in Healthcare Delivery Entrepreneurship Education

Medical entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity under VUCA conditions with the goal of creating multiple stakeholder defined value through the deployment of medical technology and care delivery innovation using a VAST business model.

There have been several favorable trends, particularly in the technology transfer of drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital health products and services. However, specific care delivery innovation and entrepreneurship course, certificates and degrees, other than MBA programs, are less common.

Recent trends include:

  1. Variable structure and process dependant on local resources and existing programs.

  2. A range of course offerings.

  3. More programs that are shorter, less expensive and more relevant and applicable to student and employer needs.

  4. Emphasis on both entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

  5. A team project structure with definable applicable and deployable results.

  6. Platforms, not just courses, that offer resources, networks, mentors, experience, peer to peer support and career development guidance.

  7. Learning objectives that reinforce entrepreneurial competencies.

  8. Interdisciplinary and multifunctional coherence and collaboration.

  9. An emphasis on creating a culture of innovation and the steps necessary for successful new process and business model deployment.

  10. Changing the lens from administration to leadership to leaderpreneurship.

Care delivery innovation and entrepreneurship education and training will be a critical part of changing sickcare to healthcare. Recent trends indicate we are gradually heading in that direction.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs on Twitter@ArlenMD and faculty at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

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  • David Doyle

    Clear and concise, thanks !

  • Robert Mack

    We will see what will happen in the future.

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at and and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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