HIMSS22: Mayo Clinic Committed to Leading Healthcare Transformation


Building a solid foundation for digital transformation in healthcare

“Together with its partners, the Mayo Clinic is leading the transformation of healthcare from a traditional pipeline model to a platform model that uses multimodal data, AI algorithms, and specific data privacy architecture. health care designed to discover, validate and deliver new treatments and better care. to more people,” Farrugia said.

Mayo Clinic and Google announced a 10-year strategic partnership in 2019, leveraging Google Cloud for the organization’s digital transformation as it seeks to advance care. Then, with the launch of the data-driven Mayo Clinic Platform initiative, key partnerships and commercial ventures with nFerence, Lucem Health and Anumana followed.

“We all recognize that healthcare is deeply personal and elicits strong emotions, but as a field it is also tightly regulated, scientifically rigorous and conservative,” Farrugia said. “Therefore, any innovation requires significant data and testing to be accepted. It’s a unique combination of emotion and science that makes it a difficult industry to change, but we have to change.

Understanding “emotions and science,” as Farrugia put it, is key to transforming healthcare. “I strongly believe this includes moving healthcare from a pipeline model to a platform model to make it more responsive, accessible and innovative for our patients.”

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Patient care at health care center

Farrugia also stressed the importance of patient privacy, safety and comfort.

“Having access to health data is a privilege and a huge responsibility. As healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to make every effort to provide the best care possible, but also to respect the trust and privacy of our patients,” he said. “While we pursue innovative care, we have also sought broad input and pushed to develop standards to protect our patients’ sensitive data and information, even beyond HIPAA and safe harbors.”

Farrugia highlighted the federated learning approach in developing AI algorithms and the commitment to anonymizing valuable patient data. “We and our partners must also constantly adapt our privacy efforts as the field evolves. There is clearly no finish line,” he added.

But a focus on digital transformations doesn’t mean neglect in the physical care space, Farrugia said. Physical hospitals and clinics must keep pace with digital change.

“These physical spaces must also transform to operate across the full spectrum of care, from digital to in-person and back to digital again,” Farrugia said. “Bold. Cheeky.” plan for next-generation health physical spaces aims to achieve more flexible, technological, integrated, warmer, welcoming and comforting places of care for patients.


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