Innovating for the Safety Net: Practical Considerations

By Nathan Blair, Lyn Denend, Stefanos Zenios
2010 | Case No. OIT100

“Safety net” providers play an essential role in delivering health care to underserved populations in states such as California. As the prominence of the safety net increases, medtech innovators seeking to make a difference have begun to design and develop new technologies to help these providers improve the quality and cost effectiveness of their care. This note introduces practical considerations that should be taken into account when developing technologies targeted at the safety net. Specifically, by looking downstream in the biodesign innovation process to anticipate issues related to safety net economics, reimbursement, technology assessment, and purchasing behavior, innovators can begin to understand how to adapt their approach and create new technologies that are not just meaningful, but feasible for adoption in the complex safety net system.

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