Cleveland Clinic, North Shore-LIJ partner to advance innovation

Alliance aims to bring medical innovations to market

Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) is collaborating with North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System for its second innovation partnership, a move that CCI officials say could foreshadow a "national innovation alliance." 

In January 2011, CCI partnered with MedStar Health—which operates nine hospitals in Maryland and Washington, D.C.—and placed two Cleveland Clinic staff members on site. Since then, MedStar has reported more than 100 new innovations, according to CCI Executive Director Chris Coburn.

The new deal is intended to provide North Shore-LIJ with the expertise to turn ideas into marketable innovations. CCI officials say the Clinic will place two to four staffers at North Shore-LIJ, which includes 15 hospitals and more than 200 ambulatory care facilities across the New York metropolitan area. At the same time, North Shore-LIJ will share its expertise in pharmacology production.

In addition, Coburn notes that through the collaboration, the Clinic, MedStar, and North Shore-LIJ will work together to develop ideas. "These providers are working together based on competencies and not on geographic proximity," Coburn says. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the partnership also could unite physicians and other staff members to improve treatment, solve medical problems, and enhance medical education.

"The days are over of mom and pop working in a little lab bench and inventing a cure," says Kevin Tracy, president of North Shore-LIJ's Feinstein Institute. "To be excellent requires large teams of people with expertise" (Tribble, Plain Dealer, 2/22; Pogorelc, MedCity News, 2/22). 

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