The Cleveland Clinic has a history of being on the bleeding edge of health IT and its new CEO Tom Mihaljevic has made it clear that the Ohio-based health system will keep pushing ahead as a medical technology pioneer. "Most of our plans for the future will depend on digital platforms: telemedicine, data analytics, artificial intelligence," Mihaljevic said during the State of the Clinic address in late February. "Digital technology will allow us to deliver smarter, more affordable and more accessible [care]. The Cleveland Clinic has always been an early adopter, beginning with our electronic medical records. But now, we have to take technology even more seriously.
Technology is changing every industry in significant ways. To help frame how, I'm starting a new series discussing top trends in various markets. No one can dispute technology's ability to enable us all to live longer, healthier lives. From surgical robots to "smart hospitals," the digital transformation is revolutionizing patient care in new and exciting ways. National health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion in 2015--nearly 18% of the country's total GDP.