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Google Nabs Former Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove

By Steven Porter  
   July 24, 2018

The tech giant is looking to the former exec for guidance on addressing healthcare improvement in a way that could reduce burden on providers.

Toby Cosgrove, MD, the Cleveland Clinic's former top executive, will share a stage Tuesday afternoon with several colleagues from his new employer: Google.

Cosgrove, who served as the clinic's CEO from 2004 through 2017, signed on as an executive advisor to the Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences team, the company announced in a blog post last week. An update to his LinkedIn profile indicates he's been in the role since January.

As part of his new role, Cosgrove will join National Institutes of Health Chief Information Officer Andrea Norris for a conversation Tuesday about how advances in cloud computing are changing healthcare.

Those advances can help stakeholders go beyond achieving the triple-aim of healthcare improvement—better patient experience, improved population health, and reduced cost—to add a fourth aim, according to Gregory J. Moore, MD, PhD, vice president of healthcare for Google Cloud, who will moderate the conversation.

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Although advances in technology have added to the recordkeeping burden on healthcare workers, people like Cosgrove can help companies like Google improve the work experience of physicians and their staff, Moore wrote in the blog post.

"Technology may have been the cause of some of these challenges, but we believe that it can also be the cure," Moore wrote.

Cosgrove, who retired from Cleveland Clinic in January, also joined the board of Denver-based healthcare IT company RxRevu, as HealthLeaders Media reported last month.

Cosgrove's successor, Tomislav "Tom" Mihaljevic, MD, has been the clinic's CEO since January.

Cosgrove's conversation Tuesday is part of the 2018 Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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