We are at the beginning of the beginning of a new age for health care.
Digital technology is fundamentally transforming the practice of medicine, but Dr. David Levin, the Chief Medical Information Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, said this is still uncharted territory.
“We are all immigrants entering a new country and a new age,” he said at HealthBeat. “Change is coming as we transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system, where people get paid based on the results, quality of care, efficiency, and how satisfied our patients are.”
The health care industry traditionally operates on outdated IT systems and is slow to adopt new forms of technology that could streamline operations, make workflow more efficient, and centralize data in one organized and accessible place. Levin joked on stage that everyday he goes to work in health care and then returns home to live in the 21st century.
The Cleveland Clinic is a progressive health care organization that provides primary care services, conducts research and education, and develops new technology to modernize health care. It is dedicated to “pushing the limits of excellence in patient experience” and applying trends in data analytics, cloud computing, mobile technology, and the ‘Internet of Things’ to bear in the practice of medicine.