It is tempting to think of innovation as being idea-centric. However, a compelling idea does not
equate to a useful solution, a solution does not naturally scale to a scalable product, and a product does not equate to a sustainable business. There are several steps that an innovation must go through to move from an idea, to a product that is widely available and routinely used.
It is important to differentiate between a product and a solution. A product, such as Gmail or Microsoft Outlook, is something that is widely applicable, and serves the needs of multiple users across several groups or organizations. A solution is specific to a single individual or organization’s needs – such an image archival system developed for use by a particular department in a hospital.
In summary, a product is a generalizable solution.
At the very least, it is important for innovation to move to the solution phase, and if possible, onward to becoming a product. In the absence of usefulness, an innovation remains an experiment – it creates knowledge but not impact.
Why the Blog
As we grow Lattice, we would like to share our lessons in product design & development, building a company, and the healthcare space. We hope it presents you with some interesting ideas, and starts off useful debates.