COVID-19 has pushed the health ecosystem nearly to its limit, uncovering new challenges with every passing day. Though some issues are more pressing than others, all are unique in their required solutions. In early March, as hospitals across the country began to fill with some of the sickest patients to date, countless preventative, routine, and elective visits and procedures were displaced. No longer able to come to campus for their care, patients felt conflicted – wanting medical attention without risking health or burdening the system. To maintain population health in a time of social distance, provider systems turned to telemedicine and remote monitoring technology for the conduction of virtual visits. And though healthcare’s best CIOs have been planning and pushing new and improved models of care delivery in accordance with digital trends for years, these systems went fully digital almost overnight.
Specialties ranging from obstetrics to orthopaedics took their practices online and into the homes of patients, finding new, innovative ways to monitor and manage connections outside the office. Though demanding a level of digital safety and efficacy we hadn’t anticipated for 2-5 years, this period has forever changed the way we embrace innovation in healthcare. Technologies whose usage had been questioned and opposed for years saw successful, rapid integration and widespread acceptance from providers and consumers alike. The speed with which systems nationwide rolled out digital care – with a helpful nod from policymakers – inspires a new chapter of health innovation. The chapter where the system as a whole embraces innovation with open arms – riding the historic wave of synergetic healthcare progress.
What did telemedicine’s transition from auxiliary to essential look like on the inside? How were health systems able to bring these programs to fruition in a pinch? What are they doing now to ensure we make the most of these revolutionary tools moving forward? At Cleveland Clinic’s 2020 Medical Innovation Summit, hear these questions answered and more by healthcare CIOs from some of the most innovative provider systems in the country. Join us on October 6 for our one-day, complimentary, virtual event chock-full of thought-provoking panels, 1-on-1 sessions with key stakeholders, and insights into the health technologies, ventures, and partnerships of tomorrow.