Cleveland Clinic and Boston-based American Well have agreed to create a Cleveland-based joint venture company named The Clinic to provide broad access to comprehensive and high-acuity care services via telehealth. The company intends to offer virtual care from Cleveland Clinic’s highly specialized experts through American Well’s well-established digital health technology platform.
The two companies, which bring scale and industry-leading clinical and technological expertise to this long-term effort, are focused on leading the industry toward integrated, digital care delivery models that complement and are connected to traditional care settings.
“Digital health is one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare industry. There is an incredible demand for medical care to be delivered in more convenient and integrated ways,” Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Tom Mihaljevic, M.D said in a statement. “This new venture marks the first time that a major digital health technology platform has partnered with a globally recognized healthcare provider to deliver digital solutions for complex healthcare problems. This new digital health service will provide access to world-class Cleveland Clinic expertise and quality of care for patients in the U.S. and internationally.”
The Clinic expects to offer online access to expert care across a wide array of specialties without requiring individuals to leave their homes. Through a secure digital platform powered by American Well, people from around the world will be able to connect with Cleveland Clinic’s leading specialists and receive insights, opinions, recommendations, and assistance for a variety of conditions.
American Well Chairman and CEO Ido Schoenberg, M.D. added: “As the adoption and value of telehealth grows, there is significant potential to further advance the digital distribution of care,” said. “Cleveland Clinic has long been at the forefront of offering virtual visits, and we’re thrilled to partner more closely with them to expand the frontiers for digital care delivery.”