Coronavirus response, top innovations of 2020 highlight Tuesday’s Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit

Christel Deskins

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The coronavirus pandemic and health care’s response to it, along with the unveiling of the annual Top 10 Medical Innovations list, are highlights of the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, which will be held Tuesday. Load Error This year’s event will be held virtually, and registration is […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The coronavirus pandemic and health care’s response to it, along with the unveiling of the annual Top 10 Medical Innovations list, are highlights of the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, which will be held Tuesday.

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This year’s event will be held virtually, and registration is free. The one-day event, which will be broadcast live, brings together healthcare speakers and leaders who will share ideas about how innovations are changing the delivery of care to patients. The focus will be on the adoption of telehealth and other digital health initiatives, the Clinic said.

The summit is organized by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the development and commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic.

The event begins at 8:45 a.m. and kicks off with a panel involving top hospital CEOs discussing the importance of collaboration among caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 9 a.m. panel includes Clinic CEO and president Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, Mayo Clinic president and CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, and Massachusetts General Hospital president and CEO Dr. Ann Klibanski. The moderator will be journalist and author Joan Lunden.

Mihaljevic will moderate a fireside chat at 10:35 a.m. with Anthem President and CEO Gail Boudreaux. The two leaders will discuss the ways in which telemedicine revolutionized health care in 2020, and if those changes can be sustained when the COVID-19 pandemic fades.

A second Fireside Chat at 1:05 p.m., moderated by Dr. Brian Donley, CEO of Cleveland Clinic London, with Dr. Mace Rothenberg, chief medical officer at Pfizer, will center on keeping patient-center care as a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oracle Corp. CEO Safra Catz will deliver a keynote address at 3:15 p.m. about the benefits of cloud computing for generating, storing and sharing data in healthcare. Cloud computing’s benefits include better security, lower costs and greater collaboration abilities.

The Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2020 will be announced at 4 p.m. and includes diverse innovations, said Dr. William Morris, Executive Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, ranging from a new gene therapy for sickle cell disease and new drugs for cystic fibrosis, to increased access to telemedicine and smartphone-connected pacemaker devices.

“Innovation is not a one size fits all. It really runs the entire gamut,” Morris said.

Other notable speakers at the summit include Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, Khosla Ventures Chief of Staff Kristina Simmons, and Cerner president Don Trigg.

CNBC reporter Chrissy Farr and CNBC senior health and science reporter Meg Tirrell are also among the notable speakers.

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