Cleveland Clinic and Palantir Technologies announced a multiyear partnership to build a "Virtual Command Center" (VCC) in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Ohio, and Texas.
- District of Columbia: White House physician Kevin O'Connor announced that the lesion removed from First Lady Jill Biden's left eyelid earlier this month was a "very common, totally harmless, non-cancerous growth." The first lady's biopsy results showed that the lesion was "consistent with seborrheic keratosis," O'Connor said. "Dr. Biden is recovering nicely from her procedures," he added. "She experienced some anticipated mild bruising and swelling, but feels very well." (Axios, 1/19)
- Ohio: Cleveland Clinic has partnered with Palantir Technologies—a company that builds operating systems—to create a VCC for the Clinic. According to a news release, the VCC will drive operational excellence, expand patient access, and enable data-driven decision making and resource distribution. Cleveland Clinic was an advisor during the development of Palantir's VCC, which is currently used at the health system to help improve care delivery. "Implementing the Virtual Command Center as the foundation of our hospital operations is transformative to our organization and our ongoing mission to provide the highest quality of care to every patient," said Rohit Chandra, Cleveland Clinic's chief digital officer, in a statement. "We are proud to be working with Palantir to equip our caregivers with the tools to make the best decisions for patient care." (Coutré, Crain's Cleveland Business/Modern Healthcare, 1/19)
- Texas: Tenet Healthcare on Thursday announced that CFO Daniel Cancelmi will retire at the end of 2023. Cancelmi, who has been with Tenet for about 30 years, was appointed CFO in 2012. The health system is currently conducting a nationwide search for its next CFO, who will be mentored by Cancelmi during a transition period. Tenet also announced leadership changes in its hospital segment, its ambulatory care operation United Surgical Partners International, and its revenue cycle subsidiary Conifer Health Solutions. In particular, Tenet announced the departure of Conifer Health Solutions President and CEO Roger Davis, who will retire at the end of the first quarter. At the end of the year, United Surgical Partners International President and CEO Brett Brodnax will retire. (Hudson, Modern Healthcare, 1/19)