Monday, February 17, 2014

The Cleveland Clinic Way by Dr. Toby Cosgrove, MD

Book: The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World's Leading Healthcare Organizations
Author: Dr. Toby Cosgrove, MD
Narrator (if applicable):n/a

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Anyone who is in healthcare administration knows who Toby Cosgrove is. Everyone knows what The Cleveland Clinic is. Both are synonymous with quality, patient centered, cost effective healthcare.

Dr. Cosgrove lays out what has made The Cleveland Clinic the success that it is in an easy to comprehend format. Concisely written, he details how  The Cleveland Clinic has gone from a regional medical center to a global healthcare network powerhouse. 

These include:
  • The Group Practice Model
  • Collaborative Care
  • Emphasis on QA 
  • Preventative medicine 
  • Continuum of Care
  • Patient centered care

My rating: 5 Stars
My opinion: As healthcare changes continue at lightening speed, Dr. Cosgrove presents a concisely formatted book for what has made The Cleveland Clinic a healthcare best practice. These changes range from physician alignment to partnerships within the continuum of care, as a manner to preventive medicine. Effective measures in supply chain management are discussed to curb out of control costs, which impact hospitals and are frequently brought into the media.

In my humble opinion, the majority, if not all, of America's health systems are on the path to Cleveland Clinic's business model; however, Dr. Cosgrove lays out what has made their model work for them with the ability to do "best practice" applications for one's own system. 

As someone who has worked in the area of physician relations for well over a decade, I must admit that I found the section on the "group practice model" to be most fascinating to me, particularly as we see the trend for alignment in full force. Furthermore, Dr. Cosgrove discusses the need for medical leadership boards. Again, something common in the majority of health systems, but he discusses how have Cleveland Clinic's physicians have assisted in curbing costs in regards to preventative medicine to curbing medical equipment costs.

Source: Publisher for review
Would I recommend? : I would recommend this book eagerly to healthcare executives. I know I will be purchasing this book for my healthcare business library to be noted and highlighted extensively. Outside of the healthcare industry, I am not sure what interest this book would have for the "lay" person.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

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