Diffusing Innovation in Your Practice

Guy Chicoine

Spring 2005 - Volume 9 Number 2


Innovation and diffusion, although related, have not been equally successful at Kaiser Permanente (KP). At KP, we are masters at innovation, and we do it often. Unfortunately, innovation can be costly. Often, our best innovations do not transfer or diffuse across regions, between medical centers, or even within modules as well as we would hope. Is there a way to make it more likely that a successful practice will be diffused or transfered? Is there literature and are there studies that support structured diffusion?

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