Patient Safety

Applying the Theory of Disruptive Innovation to Patient Safety

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 0.60
    • UNTHSC: 0.50
    • Physicians: 0.50
    • IACET: 0.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Nov 17, 2015
  • Expires: Nov 17, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    30 Minutes
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Clay Christensen Clay Christensen, BA, M.Phil., MBA, DBA
Harvard Business School

Needs Statement

The triple crisis in healthcare necessitates accelerated innovation to develop and adopt solutions. Under the status quo it is estimated that about 440,000 individuals die each year due of a breach in patient safety - either systemic or from human factors. Innovation holds the potential to improve patient saftey in all areas. This presentation identifies how disruptive innovation is improving healthcare and can improve the safety of how care is delivered.

Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of the most popular elective classes for second year students, Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world.

He received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992, and became a faculty member there the same year, eventually receiving full professorship with tenure in 1998. He holds five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan.


  • Describe the theory of disruptive innovation;
  • Identify areas where the theory of disruptive innovation is being applied to healthcare;
  • Identify opportunitieswhere the theory of disruptive innovation can be applied to patient safety.



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 0.60 Contact Hours.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 0.50 hours of participation.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 0.50 hour of AOA Category 2A CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Systems-based practice

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Apply quality improvement

IPE Competencies

  • Roles/ Responsibilities
  • Teams and Teamwork

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to apply 0.50 contact hours (0.05 CEUs) to participants.

Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Clayton Christensen has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Neither UNT Health Science Center nor the planners of this activity have any conflicts of interest to disclose.


The activity was supported by PACE - General.