Cleveland Clinic leader: Technology allows us to put patients first

As the current Executive Director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations with more than 30 years of technical and executive experience in the software industry from leading companies from start-up through acquisition, Gary Fingerhut knows how to help startups turn their ideas into reality. MedCity is pleased to have Fingerhut speak at CONVERGE and explain how to […]

As the current Executive Director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations with more than 30 years of technical and executive experience in the software industry from leading companies from start-up through acquisition, Gary Fingerhut knows how to help startups turn their ideas into reality. MedCity is pleased to have Fingerhut speak at CONVERGE and explain how to partner with new companies who want to improve the healthcare system.

Gary will speak at 9:45 a.m. on the first day of MedCity CONVERGE. The third annual CONVERGE will take place July 15-16 in Philadelphia.

Payers, providers, medtech, pharma, digital health, startups and investors will all come together at CONVERGE to focus on healthcare’s greatest opportunities and challenges. Check out the agenda and register today.

To give readers a better sense of the speakers in the run-up to the conference, we asked them some questions.

 

What or who inspires your work in healthcare?

Patients. Cleveland Clinic Innovations seeks to improve the lives of patients by turning the ideas and breakthroughs of our physician inventors into medical products that create new companies, jobs and economic opportunities.

 

What do you think is the most important change happening in healthcare today?

Healthcare in the United States is dramatically changing and requires the optimization of both technology transfer and healthcare commercialization.  Innovation service organizations have an opportunity to refine processes in support of providing better patient care, promoting advantageous monetization and establishing an institute-aligned culture that helps to maintain relationships with key innovators while supporting staff effectiveness and retention.

 

What is most frustrating about trying to change “the way we’ve always done it” in healthcare?

This is our opportunity to change the face of healthcare innovation. We encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration between the physician, the scientist, the software developer to communicate with Innovations and maintain a relationship that is or can be mutually beneficial. Our inventors are changing the way healthcare is delivered; they are saving lives; patients first. Having a well-managed commercialization arm that can share their technologies across the world is used as a recruiting tool, a retention tool and contributes to all the job satisfaction components of a world class organization.

 

What’s one piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur? 

Remain passionate.

Follow Gary on Twitter (@CCInnovations).