Influencers Shaping The Future
Dr. Toby Cosgrove
President and CEO Cleveland Clinic
Innovation occurs when one idea crosses into
another, disciplines overlap, a product is created and refined, and a problem is solved. This doesn’t happen merely by chance. Healthcare organizations must be organized in a way to encourage cross-pollination among specialties.
Which of today’s innovative ideas will be gamechangers? We can’t say for sure, but we know which ones won’t be—the promising ideas that are never pursued because no one was willing to take a chance.
Just last month, transplant surgeons used the Cleveland Clinic-created normothermic machine to successfully transplant a “living liver.” Rather than transporting the organ in ice, where damage can occur, the machine managed the organ’s temperature, perfused it with blood and maintained its natural processes.
After the surgery, the liver began to function immediately and the patient was discharged eight days later with normal liver function.
That is the power of innovation.