Innovation: The Path to Superior OR Teamwork and Results

Printed in OR Managers Magazine for May 2017, Vol 33 No 5

Healthcare lags behind other industries when it comes to innovation. That’s partly because new treatments must be vetted for safety and efficacy, and partly because fee-for-service reimbursement sparked little incentive for creativity and efficiency. Under value-based purchasing, OR leaders have more opportunity to be innovative, but first they must understand what innovation is (and isn’t) and the ways in which they can promote it.

“Innovation is creating something completely new that doesn’t exist in the world,” says John Kenagy, MD, director of Kenagy & Associates in Longview, Washington, and a clinical professor of surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Improving Excellence in Healthcare with Dr. John Kenagy

This interview originally appeared in the Blog

Dr. John Kenagy is a well-respected physician, executive, academic researcher and lecturer with a unique view of healthcare. Forbes magazine featured Dr. Kenagy as “the man who would save healthcare.”

Success in 21st century healthcare requires more than excellence,
it requires an organization to succeed seeking value rather than volume.

SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the common characteristics shared by successful healthcare organizations?

KENAGY: Excellent care is obviously important, but Centers of Excellence (CoE’s) have been around for a long time – it’s a 90’s term and times have changed. Success in 21st century healthcare requires more than excellence, it requires an organization to succeed in seeking value rather than volume. They work differently than traditional CoE’s, therefore I call them Centers of Value and Excellence (CoVE’s). Characteristics of a successful healthcare CoVE’s include:

a. A clear, consistent, meaningful and patient-centric Value Proposition. 

b. Flexible, responsive, interdisciplinary care teams with everyone working at the top of his or her license.

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Peter Drucker’s brilliant 47-year-old idea could transform healthcare

Written by Lindsey Dunn on September 17, 2014 for the Becker’s Hospital Review, The Daily Beat Blog

There’s a theme arising in the various conversations I’ve had about leadership lately: The front-line employees are the ones with the real power to transform an organization, leadership just guides them.

This, of course, is an intuitive concept, but one that isn’t always embraced by leaders.

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TOP5 Speaker Award Nominations 2014!

Speakers Platform has announced Dr. John Kenagy as a “Top5 Speaker” nominee in the healthcare category for 2014!

Each year they recognize five speakers within ten popular topic areas. Recognition of excellence in speaking is based on:  expertise, professionalism, innovation within the topic area, client testimonials and references, presentation skills.

 Online voting will decide the final Top5 honorees.
Vote for Dr. Kenagy at!!

The final Top5 honorees will be announced on January 21st, 2014.

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The New Story: Insights into How to Thrive in Healthcare

Originally printed in the September 16, 2013 issue of “FYA, For Your Advantage”, a publication from TrendLeader Connections. 

John Kenagy, MD, and David Westfall have spent years collaborating on organizational and leadership innovation.  Both are thought leaders in innovation and product development.

David’s career has blended the fast pace of technology, research, and new product innovation in industries spanning technology, healthcare, service, and non-profits.  He has worked for leading organizations such as Intel and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and he currently is helping to lead innovation efforts at Aon-Hewitt.

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What’s Your Healthcare Value Proposition?

I wrote a short commentary some weeks ago on change. The gist was that people doing “change management” often focus on making the change, but forget that changes are choices.  Adaptive Design facilitates change because it makes choices easier and safer. In addition, Adaptive Design specifies that those making the choice must also maximize benefits and minimize any negative effects of the choice.  It’s the “3-M’s.”[1]  Continue reading