Recently, Cleveland Clinic posted on its website a current directory of all its physicians, listing their educational and professional backgrounds, their medical specializations and their relationships with industry. To find an example, access Cleveland Clinic's physician directory and search by a doctor's name. His or her biography will offer disclosure statements when they apply.
Cleveland Clinic physicians and researchers must submit for approval all industry relationships pursuant to Cleveland Clinic’s conflict of interest process and as part of Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to innovation through collaboration.
Joseph Hahn, M.D., Chief of Staff, Cleveland Clinic said, We want our patients to have abundant information about our physicians and let them decide what’s relevant to their situations. As far as we are aware, Cleveland Clinic will be the first academic medical center in the U.S. to disclose to its patients and the public the industry ties of its physicians.
Cleveland Clinic is making patient medical records more readily available to patients who request to review their own records during their hospital stay.
Delos M. Toby Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
, Giving patients access to timely information that may be relevant to their individual circumstances is essential to achieving a positive patient experience.
The enhanced physician directory and related disclosures and the open medical records policy are an affirmation of Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to transparency and Patients First, the principles at the heart of Cleveland Clinic’s medical care and operations.