Cleveland Clinic Moves Towards More Personalized Healthcare

The renowned Cleveland Clinic has launched a Center for Personal Healthcare “for the identification, analysis, adoption and integration of select new services and technologies that will allow for personalized care of patients,” according to the clinic.   One goal of the program is moving information on the patient’s family medical history – which is currently available via the Clinic’s electronic health-record system – and developing clinical decision support tools to transmit pertinent information to physicians as quickly as possible.

Kathryn Teng, M.D., a primary-care physician at the Cleveland Clinic, is heading the new center.  She said “In the first year, we plan to create awareness of, and supply physicians with, additional resources that allow collection and analysis of family medical history.  Ultimately, our goal is to help clinicians offer a wider range of considerations and options for patients, while also providing patients with resources that encourage proactive behavior and empower them to be active partners in their health plan.  This new center will build on our efforts to create evidence-based personalized health plans for our patients by incorporating new technologies and innovations which will allow us to truly focus upon each individual,” said Dr. Teng.  “There will be a greater emphasis on the physician-patient relationship as we team together to develop more accurate and personalized care plans.  Our ultimate goal is to empower our patients and our community towards greater health.”

Teng is an assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University.  Additionally, she has been the Clinic’s director of general medicine since 2007 and the patient experience officer since 2008.  Additionally, she founded the Voice of the Patient Advisory Council for the Medicine Institute.

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