Mayo Clinic has appointed Dr. John Halamka as president of its Mayo Clinic Platform – a digital health initiative planned to modify care delivery at the world-class health system by deploying “artificial intelligence, the internet of things and an ecosystem of partners,” as Halamka describes it.
This is a crucial new step for Halamka, who has worked in Boston, mostly at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, for almost 25 years.
He served as a chief information officer at BIDMC for 20 years, and more recently, since its merger with Lahey Health, was executive director of the Health Technology Exploration Center for Beth Israel Lahey Health. He has held the title of International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard and logs around 400,000 air miles each year, traveling the globe searching out innovative new applications. John is a practicing emergency doctor in addition to many other titles.
Always at the forefront of know-how-enabled care delivery, Mayo Clinic has been making significant innovations this year. In September, the health system began on a vital 10-year collaboration with Google Cloud, which will securely store its data, while working with clinicians to apply AI and machine learning to an array of complex use cases.
The brand new Mayo Clinic Platform is how the health system intends to get there, and Halamka has been tasked with leading it. Along with his new role, Mayo Clinic further declared that Dr. Clark Otley, a dermatology professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, could be the new chief medical officer at the Mayo Clinic Platform.