In­flu­encers Shap­ing The Fu­ture

Dr. Toby Cos­grove

Modern Healthcare - - TECHNOLOGY -

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.

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