Can Change be Innovative?

     The answer is a resounding, yes! Organizations can experience the same euphoria when a decision has led to a positive outcome, given the fulfillment of one or more needs, wants, or desires. The definition of change, from an innovative perspective, is a decision made to replace something (a process, a procedure, a policy, etc.) with an appropriate (better) substitute. In healthcare, changing medications fits this definition. The need arises to change a medication due to a less than positive outcome. This need drives a decision – to both recognize the problem and initiate a decision. The decision-makers (the doctors and pharmacists) use their experience and knowledge (see Figure ) to identify appropriate criteria for selection. Their response will have a direct consequence on the patient. Finally, the decision replaces the medication with a new product or new dosage. The intent is to achieve a more positive outcome.


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