Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way: Transforming Healthcare by Putting Ideas to Work

By Thomas J Graham, Thomas Graham, Thomas Graham

Unlock the secret to groundbreaking innovation with this game-changing guide

Innovation means putting ideas to work. It is a discipline that can be learned, practiced, and leveraged to propel meaningful transformation and sustainable success, and it is proving to be the margin of difference in the largest concentrated sector of our economy: healthcare. This is where the stakes may be highest because the transcendent ideas that come from the patient bedside or laboratory bench don't just translate to a bottom line, they improve and extend human life.

Since its inception in 1921, Cleveland Clinic has been at the forefront of life-saving innovations in healthcare, pioneering a new model of care, advancing surgical techniques, and developing cutting-edge medical technologies. It has revolutionized the industry with a proven and tested working model for mission-driven, results-oriented success--one that is applicable to industries beyond healthcare.

In Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way, Thomas J. Graham, MD, describes the Clinic's unique approach. Learn:

- How to align the innovation strategy with your organization's mission
- How to identify your organization's innovation assets and put them to work
- How to foster collaboration within and across teams to spark creative ideation
- The process of taking "napkin ideas" through successful commercialization
- The most common innovation pitfalls and how to avoid and address them
- Cleveland Clinic's 10 commandments of innovation and the six degrees of innovation

Packed with enterprising solutions and inspiring examples, this practical guide will equip any individual or institution seeking to affect purposeful transformation. Use these best practices to put ideas to work and turn yours into a high-innovation organization.

Thomas J. Graham, MD, is the Chief Innovation Officer of Cleveland Clinic and Vice Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery. A prolific inventor with nearly 50 worldwide patents and a serial entrepreneur, he is a renowned orthopaedic surgeon whose practice is the premier destination for the care of the professional athlete's hand and wrist. He is regularly recognized as one of "America's Best Doctors."


“What else would you do with a master surgeon who is also a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur but make him the Chief Innovation Officer of one of the most progressive institutions in all of healthcare? Tom Graham and Cleveland Clinic have truly written the book on how to build and sustain the architecture for innovation.”

-Neil Jordan, Worldwide General Manager, Healthcare Industry, Microsoft Corporation

“Big ideas, when put to work, change the world. In this book, Dr. Tom Graham inspires us with his successful strategy and galvanizing vision. Academic, corporate, philanthropic, and public policy goals can all be achieved when we invest in innovation. Humanity wins in this ultimate team sport.”

-Aaron Pitts, Managing Director, JobsOhio

“Dr. Graham is a renowned expert on innovation and a prolific inventor in his own right. Working closely with him and Cleveland Clinic for years has proven invaluable for our organization, particularly in the evaluation and commercialization process. Simply put, innovation is in the DNA and culture of Cleveland Clinic. Yet cultures of innovation require inspired leadership, and with Dr. Thomas Graham and Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic has forged a place at the forefront of the world of healthcare innovation.” 

-Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute

“Medical innovation is severely challenged by risks and realities like the capital gap, the patent cliff, and Eroom’s Law. Cleveland Clinic has managed to buck the trend by focusing on process and collaboration. Their Chief Innovation Officer is talking―everyone in the innovation ecosystem should listen.”

-Andrew Lo, PhD, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance and Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management

“Healthcare is in the midst of a remarkable metamorphosis and while this disruption is uncomfortable for many influencers in the industry, Dr. Graham embraces it and is forging the road ahead. A gifted surgeon, respected innovator, consummate collaborator―and survivor―Dr. Graham brings a unique perspective to the next era of healthcare, and is an inspirational catalyst for both its defragmentation and transformation in the digital age.”

-Jeff Arnold, Founder, WebMD, and CEO, Sharecare


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About the Hardcover

Publisher McGraw-Hill Education
Publish date 01/05/2016
Pages 288
ISBN-13 9781259582950
ISBN-10 1259582957
Language English