Recently, Cleveland Clinic posted on its Web site (www.ClevelandClinic.org) a current directory of all its physicians, listing their educational and professional backgrounds, their medical specializations and their relationships with industry. To access the information on the Clinic's website, click on "find a doctor" and fill in a physician's last name.
Included for each physician, scientist and physician/scientist will be a
list of the names of companies with which they have collaborations, further
identifying whether they have equity, the right to royalties, a fiduciary
position or a consulting relationship that pays
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.
"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
In addition, with limited exceptions, Cleveland Clinic is making patient medical records more readily available to patients who request to review their own records during their hospital stay.
"Giving patients access to timely information that may be relevant to
their individual circumstances is essential to achieving a positive patient
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. To date, Cleveland Clinic has sought to expand its transparency by revamping its web site and annually publishing outcomes books detailing the performance of clinical programs throughout the institution.
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