In AOL Co-founder Steve Case’s book, The Third Wave, Case argues that partnerships are paramount in the Third Wave: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” he writes.

While competition can drive innovation, health systems and startups have shared goals that they could work toward together. Sharing best practices seems like an obvious way for health systems to improve how they leverage and incorporate digital innovation into their clinical practice, but by and large it isn’t happening.

In this dynamic discussion, we ask if partnerships between digital health innovators and healthcare incumbents are required for a successful future in healthcare? Or can innovators replace incumbents without their endorsement?