“Our Big Ideas – Increasing the Capacity for Innovation” with University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Kevin Mahoney, Judy Schueler, and Aaron Johnson

From NCHL’s Human Capital Investment Conference this past November, University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Kevin Mahoney, Senior Vice President, Judy Schueler, Vice President and CHRO, and Aaron Johnson, Director, discuss their work to increase capacity for continuous improvement and innovation. Specifically, they have focused on developing four relevant skills across their health system: scenario planning, rapid divergence, problem reframing, and persuasive selling of ideas.

To accomplish this, a system-wide program was implemented that allowed for the engagement of their faculty and staff. By harnessing the tools of crowd-sourcing and social networking, “Your Big Idea: Penn Medicine’s Innovation Tournament” allowed for over 1700 ideas from all levels of all departments to be submitted. Penn Med found that the project fostered interdisciplinary collaboration, focused system-wide innovation, and allowed for experimentation without substantial resource investment due to the substantial quality and quantity of submissions.

How has your organization enhanced innovation practices? What other ways have you been able to foster interdisciplinary collaboration?

Judy Schueler is also a member of NCHL’s Physician Leadership Development LENS™ Council.

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