Former Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove to advise Google's healthcare team

Former Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, is joining the Google Cloud team as an executive adviser to its healthcare and life sciences divisions, the tech-giant confirmed July 23.

Dr. Gozgrove will assist Google's "quadruple aim" of lowering costs, improving the patient experience, advancing population health and reducing administrative burdens for providers and staff.

"Dr. Cosgrove is a widely respected thought leader in the healthcare space. Over the course of his career, he has seen firsthand how digitization has improved — and hampered — healthcare," said Gregory Moore, MD, PhD and vice president of healthcare at Google Cloud, in announcing Dr. Cosgrove's new role. "We're thrilled to have Dr. Cosgrove on board to help us tackle the quadruple aim, drawing on his several decades of experience at the forefront of American medicine."

Google Cloud's goal is to harness "the power of data to advance healthcare" in such a way that providers and patients don't become overwhelmed, Dr. Moore said.

The team has its sights set on artificial intelligence and machine learning to assist with streamlining and automating workflows in a way that it doesn't diminish the provider-patient relationship — and it will tap into Dr. Cosgrove's clinical expertise to ensure it, according to Google.

"Technology may have been the cause of some of these challenges, but we believe that it can also be the cure," Dr. Moore said.

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