Event Date: May 29, 2024
Time: 8:30-10:00 am
Location: Zoom: https://kcdigitaldrive.zoom.us/j/85830491429?pwd=8ecj4QgOhxBKI2lNWYS0LCOJLCl9fD.1
Admission: Free


We kick off the summer months with a focused view of medical interventions and a more general discussion of digital health.

Our first presentation will look at AGADA. AGADA develops spinal surgery planning and analysis software, accompanied by patient specific, level specific, custom tailored and custom programmed spinal implants. It can eliminate unnecessary spine surgery and optimize the outcome of appropriate spine surgery.

Leading our discussion will be Scott Gunnigle and Dr. Isadore Lieberman.

Scott is CEO of AGADA and has 30 years’ experience in the development of emerging medical technologies. He brings an immense knowledge of the payor, clinician, and patient interface continuum. He has worked with companies like Medtronic, Kyphon, Johnson and Johnson and Zimmer, in a variety of procedure development, and novel technologies.

Dr. Lieberman is Founder, President, and Chief Medical Officer of AGADA. He is an orthopedic and spine surgeon and former President of the Texas Back Institute. He has had leadership and clinical roles at the University of Toronto and the Cleveland Clinic. He has over 40 U.S. patents for spinal surgery instruments and implants and is author of industry-defining medical literature. He has been a consultant to companies like Kyphon, SIBone, J&J DePuy Synthes and Mazor Robotics.

In our second presentation, we welcome Dick Flanigan, CEO of Digital Health KC to discuss the role of Digital Health KC in promoting and expanding the local ecosystem and the progress in its first year since inception.

Dick is an experienced health information technology leader with over 30 years focused on using information and data to drive fundamental change in healthcare. He recently retired from Oracle Cerner Corporation, where he held various senior management positions. Dick led regional and national client organizations throughout his career, including some of Cerner’s largest and most important client relationships. In 2014-2017 Dick led Cerner’s most significant acquisition, Siemens Health Services, and was President of Cerner Health Services with 5000 associates and operations in a dozen countries. From 2017 to 2020, Dick led Cerner’s IT Outsourcing business Unit, ITWorks, with over 2000 associates in 35 client organizations. In 2020, Dick co-led Cerner’s COVID response to clients by organizing a multi-disciplinary team of over 400 associates to help clients address COVID in their organization and community. Most recently, Dick led Cerner’s Regulatory Strategy and Policy practices.

Dick is active in the KC community, and his passion for healthcare is also shared in working with higher education. He serves on the Board of Donnelly College (former Board Chair) and on the Board of the University of Missouri Kansas City. His service includes membership on the Ethical Use of AI Taskforce at the Center for Practical Bioethics.


Every month, we bring together a group of health care stakeholders to learn and share about technology and innovation projects happening in the region–and occasionally related topics from outside the Greater Kansas City area. Our stakeholders include hospitals and the health care system, city and state government officials, health IT firms and other corporate partners, startups working in health and wellness, and other civic organizations. The meetings are open, though not widely broadcast. They generally happen on the last Wednesday of the month, 8:30-10:00 am.

We send out an email agenda and calendar invite to this stakeholder list, which we loosely call the Health Innovation Team. If you wish to be added to the email list, please send a note to jfitzpatrick@kcdigitaldrive.org.