Thoughts from Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Medical Innovation Summit, Day 1

Medical Innovation SummitThe eyes and ears of health professionals nationwide are focused on Cleveland over the next 3 days, as Cleveland Clinic—one of the nation’s top hospitals—brings together doctors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and scientists to discuss recent medical innovations. Why is a digital healthcare marketer like myself hanging out in a room full of doctors, ACOs, insurance companies and angel funders? Well, as my clients know, I pride myself on constantly staying on top of the future of the healthcare industry—and here it is on display right here in Cleveland.

The conference started with some 15 startups discussing their new products and services, each one more innovative than the next. Medicast, for example, turns your living room into a doctor’s office for real-time diagnoses. TalkSession brings telemedicine to mental health, which is so important in our society these days. Kensa Health has taken the home thermometer to the next level, using it to create a real-time map of human health on a global scale. For me—a lover of technology, gadgets, and the healthcare revolution— these new companies are incredibly exciting.

  • 80% of attendees said the obesity/metabolic crisis in America is either “getting worse” or “spiraling out of control.”
  • According to Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic, the Affordable Care Act takes important funding away from the healthcare sector and lengthens the time to get innovations to market.
  • On the plus side, some 50% of attendees said that the Affordable Care Act will be a good thing for innovation in medicine.
  • Cleveland Clinic unveiled more than 10 different corporate wellness initiatives that it has launched, leading to 415,000 pounds lost amongst its caregivers.

I love my job because I get to work at the intersection of technology and healthcare, two rapidly changing industries. Stay tuned for more ideas as the conference continues!


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About Matthew Fieldman

With 12 years of experience working in nonprofits all over the world, Matt became a leader in Fathom’s healthcare practice in 2012. Matt’s healthcare clients include organizations from small regional addiction recovery centers to massive hospital systems, from regional health insurance providers to the nation’s largest provider of senior assisted living solutions. Matt’s educational background includes earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2000, a Master’s in Business Administration from The George Washington University in 2005, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. He attended the 2013 Mayo Clinic Social Media Residency in June 2013 and spoke at the Greystone Healthcare Internet Conference in November 2013. Matt is an alum of Cleveland Bridge Builders 2011, was named as an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and was selected to Cleveland’s “25 Under 35.”

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