The Value of Value Chain Analysis

Disrupting competitors or an industry essentially means doing something to take market share away from your competitors or get non-users to buy your product or service at at profit. There are many examples of sickcare entrepreneurs doing it and usually the tactic is to introduce new technologies. However, according to one researcher, most disruption comes from inprovements in how you change and improve the value chain.

Value chain analysis means looking at each of your customers or potential customers and mapping out all of the activities that they are need to do in order to acquire products and services. For example, here is pharmaceutical company value chain:

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Value chain analysis is a way to visually analyze a company’s business activities to see how the company can create a competitive advantage for itself. Value chain analysis helps a company understands how it adds value to something and subsequently how it can sell its product or service for more than the cost of adding the value, thereConceptually, this was an industrialized view of how a company works. The arrow starts with the supply chain, with the customer at the end. Most SP index companies founded before the internet era still operate with this value chain mindset.

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A Business Model (BM) describes the way a company returns profit/value to the business while delivering the product to customers. A Business Model shows as such how a company makesprofit from its products. Creating a VAST business model in sick care is elusive for many reasons. Not having one is one of the main reasons why your business will fail.

Defining the value chain to a customer helps you indentify and exploit potential business model opportunities. Here is how the value chain informs the business model canvas.

Here are some differences between the two and a brief history of how these terms have evolved.

In sick care delivery, there are three basic ways for doctors or other sickcare professionals to innovate their way out of the mess we’ve caused: technology innovation or adoption, execution and customer/patient experience. In most instances, changing the value chain or business model is more effective than technology diffusion and implementation.

If you are trying to change sick care to healthcare, seek to understand before being understood. One step in that process is to be a problem seeker , not a problem solver and that means understand the value chain. You’ll find it valuable.

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Arlen MyersArlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at and co-editor of Digital Health Entrepreneurship

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