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Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way: Transforming Healthcare by Putting Ideas to Work Hardcover – January 5, 2016

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“While progress in research and technology hold tremendous potential to improve human health, the healthcare industry must also contend with unprecedented change and complex challenges. Tom Graham offers far-sighted and practical strategies for applying technology to democratize and accelerate health innovation. Approaches like these are exactly what is needed to transform healthcare and realize its potential to help us lead healthier and more productive lives.”
―Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson and Watson Health

Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way is a jewel of a book. Brilliantly written and phenomenally insightful, it explains in lucid terms the philosophy, framework, approach, and operation of a successful innovation engine in a large mission-driven organization. It combines theory and practice―as all good how-to books should―for building a real innovation juggernaut. Breathtaking in both scope and story, Tom Graham weaves insights from his own personal brush with death from medical illness together with the wisdom and experience he has garnered as the leader of the single most successful innovation enterprise sited within a healthcare system. It is a must-read.”
―Mark Smith, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, MedStar Health and Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation
“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

“The industry is ripe for disruption. Dr. Graham brilliantly crystallizes the lessons learned and approaches honed at Cleveland Clinic, which can be leveraged by innovators to translate ideas into improved healthcare for all.”
―Daniel Kraft, MD, Chair for Medicine, Singularity University and Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine

“Through Tom Graham’s leadership, Cleveland Clinic is unlocking the potential for medical innovation and commercialization by building an ecosystem to compete with the best around the world. His collaborative approach that brings together academia, companies, and other institutional players is part of an effective innovation strategy that is driving talent attraction, job creation, and large-scale economic development.”
―John Minor, CEO, JobsOhio

“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

“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

“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

“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


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1259582957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1259582950
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Autamme_dot_com on January 29, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Sadly this is a case of a great story that frustratingly is not fully realised. The book’s mission is simple: to look at the innovative, transformative power of the Cleveland Clinic and show how ideas can be put to work. Yet the book just didn’t cut it.

Instead of being an energy-packed celebration of innovation, buzzing with enthusiasm and take-out points to allow people to integrate innovation into their own business, this book just felt flat, sounding more like a hype-filled “infomercial” or glossy publicity brochure. What went wrong and why did it leave this reviewer so cold? There was a lot of good material within, but it was overshadowed by the relentless advertorial-style that resonated throughout.

This reviewer has read about some of the successes and positive developments that the Cleveland Clinic has enjoyed in other books and magazines and thus was quite excited to read a more detailed, deep-dive into this subject. It was not meant to be. Whilst there is a lot of material that will give chapter and verse about the clinic’s operations and structure, it just failed to grab one’s attention. Push aside the PR-veneer and it felt a little too average and lacklustre.

Publicity material for the book promised that it is “…packed with enterprising solutions and inspiring examples (it) 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.” Physician, heal thyself! Read thy book before you lecture others.

The author is no slouch: he is the chief innovation officer and vice chairman of orthopaedic surgery at the clinic, with nearly 50 worldwide patents to his name amongst other honours. So what happened?
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After knowing that Cleveland Clinics found a solution for acid reflux, I was interested in reading about 'Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way'. In this book author Graham begins with some of the best first inventions at Cleveland Clinic - stopped heart surgery, cadaver kidney transplant, microflora link to cardiovascular health and so on. Then follow the ten commandments of innovation at Cleveland Clinic. Frequent references to popular innovation models like Tom Kelley's Ten Innovation Faces and Innovation DNA, show how innovation at CCI is not an isolated way of doing things but a process, environment that can be replicated mainstream anywhere by anyone with commitment to mission.
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