Jason Hwang avows that disruptive innovation will fix healthcare – and technology, he says, is at the heart of the transformation.

Internal medicine physician turned entrepreneur, Dr. Hwang is living and leading the mission. Co-founder and chief medical officer of PolkaDoc, a California-based telehealth startup focused on delivering affordable primary care via smartphone, he spent the last five years energizing the industry’s conversation about how to reinvent healthcare’s business model. Dr. Hwang co-authored the best-selling “Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care” (McGraw-Hill, 2008) with Harvard Business School Professor and father of the disruptive innovation theory Clayton M. Christensen. He also previously co-founded and served as the executive director at Innosight Institute (now the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation), a non-profit innovation think tank dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing social problems.

A sought after speaker and writer, Dr. Hwang engages audiences of every level and background with his provocative insights on and remedies for creating new growth through affordability and simplicity. Disruptive innovation, he contends, has the power to satisfy unmet needs and transform the delivery of care. He argues that the healthcare system continues to move toward a more decentralized system, citing increases in outpatient care in ambulatory settings, the rapid expansion of retail clinics staffed by nurse practitioners, and advances in telehealth and home monitoring as examples of this trend. Dr. Hwang also believes the opportunity exists to extend the provision of care beyond doctors and specialists.

Dr. Hwang previously taught as chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of California, Irvine, where he received multiple recognitions for his clinical work. He has also served as a clinician with the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. He received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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