A new initiative with Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org and American Well https://www.americanwell.com partnering is going to provide broad access to comprehensive and high-acuity care services via telehealth. Together, the organizations are forming a Cleveland-based joint venture company named “The Clinic™” to offer virtual care from Cleveland Clinic’s specialized experts through American Well’s established digital health technology platform.
The partners are focused on leading the industry toward integrated, digital care delivery models that complement and connect to traditional care settings. “Digital health is one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry. There is incredible demand for medical care to be delivered in more convenient and integrated ways”, said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D. CEO and President of the Cleveland Clinic.
“The Clinic” will offer convenient online access to expert care across a wide array of specialties without requiring individuals to leave their homes. By using a digital platform powered by American Well, people worldwide will be able to connect with Cleveland Clinic’s leading specialists to receive insight, opinions, recommendations, and assistance for a variety of conditions.
As an early adopter of digital health services, the Cleveland Clinic has had a rapid increase in the use of virtual visits to deliver patient care. In 2018 alone, the number of annual virtual visits grew 68%. Telehealth is a key part of Cleveland Clinic’s growth strategy to double the number of patients served in the next five years. The Cleveland Clinic estimates that in just five years, 50% of outpatient visits will be virtual.