Medical Meeting Innovation: A Look Inside One of the Top Hospitals in the U.S.

Author: David McMillin       

When patients are looking for the best medical treatment they can find in the U.S., there’s a good chance that they will head to northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Clinic earned the No. 2 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s most recent list of the best hospitals in the country. However, the facility is designed to deliver more than the best patient-care outcomes possible. It’s also equipped to advance research and produce educational events for physicians. As medical meetings evolve to meet the demands of a new generation of healthcare professionals, the Cleveland Clinic valuable lessons for the future of face-to-face learning. PCMA will be bringing those lessons to life at its upcoming Education Conference with a tour of the facility for medical meeting organizers on Monday, June 11.

“The Cleveland Clinic campus is quite large,” Pam Murphy, director, distance learning and product development/education, PCMA, said. “The Hotel Intercontinental is on the campus of the Clinic. At that hotel, there’s a Bank of America Amphitheater, which was built in conjunction with the Clinic to hold medical meetings. It’s a beautiful conference area. It looks like it could be the location of a Senate sub-committee meeting with dark wood and leather executive chairs. Each station has its own plugs with internet if you want hard-wired internet. And they have just everything.”

The conference center has more than good looks, though. Murphy added that it has capability for streaming live surgery. “They built everything in in terms of the AV needs,” she said. “So we’re going to use that conference center for some sessions while we’re there.”

Focusing on Tech to Fuel Better Care

Outside the conference center, professionals at the facility are also embracing a transformative approach to technology. For example, in 2017, the organization launched Cleveland Clinic Ventures, a department dedicated to raising funds for breakthrough ideas to help speed them to market. More recently, Brent Hicks, senior director of clinical solutions at the Cleveland Clinic, recently discussed his focus on leveraging APIs to develop innovative solutions for patients and vendors with HIMSS TV.

When medical meeting organizers aren’t learning at the Cleveland Clinic, they will find plenty of additional insights just four miles away at the Huntington Convention Center in a Medical & Wellness Studio. For a glimpse of the complete schedule of the conference, click here.

When medical meeting organizers aren’t learning at the Cleveland Clinic, they will find plenty of additional insights just four miles away at the Huntington Convention Center in a Medical & Wellness Studio. For a glimpse of the complete schedule of the conference, click here.

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