Tomorrow's Health by Steve Klasko, MD, MBA

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CAMLS an eco-system for innovation

It was wonderful to see diplomats from around the world come to the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

Seeing people from every corner of the globe – from Japan to Georgia, Montenegro to Mali– marvel at how impressive CAMLS is such an honor. It makes us appreciate how important the work we do here will be to increasing patient safety and improving outcomes.

The Republican Diplomatic Partnership brought ambassadors and diplomats to CAMLS to talk about how healthcare innovation can spur economic development. Could there be a better place for this discussion than CAMLS?

I was struck by the comments made by Robert Bradway, president and CEO of Amgen, the leading biotech firm. The 21st century has the potential to be the century of biology and medicine, with scientific progress advancing at a dizzying pace.

But even in this era of progress, Mr. Bradway said, innovation is something that needs to be nurtured – encouraged with investment, collaboration and leadership. We have to create “an eco-system for innovation.”

That’s exactly what we aim to do at CAMLS.