Amid the hype, drama and overwhelming presence of bulletproof vests at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, some notable people gathered on the premises to talk about something other than politics: technology and health care.
On Tuesday, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic, Barbara Snyder, president at Case Western Reserve University, and Laura Wallace, vice president of Microsoft Health and Life Sciences, joined each other for a panel discussion titled “Caregiver of Tomorrow: Health and Technology Forum.” U.S. News & World Report Chief of Health Analysis Ben Harder moderated the panel.
Advanced technology, such as the new use of holograms in medical education, could appear to be a less cost-effective approach in an institution such as Case Western Reserve. It sounds expensive and complicated – but as the panel pointed out, use of new technology is an essential way to not only expedite the education process but also make it more efficient and ultimately valuable for the next round of emerging health care practitioners.
Microsoft has introduced the HoloLens, the first fully self-contained, holographic computer, and Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic are in the process of constructing a 485,000-square-foot Health Education Campus designed to support collaborative learning among various health disciplines and offer the most advanced technology.