Cleveland Clinic’s Strategic Approach to Adopting AI

June 24, 2024

Partnering, piloting, and proceeding with cautious optimism are hallmarks of Cleveland Clinic’s methodology for incorporating AI into the marketing communications workflow.

// By Wendy Margolin //


Adopting new AI tools without a strategy and coordination across a healthcare organization is like trying to build a new hospital wing without a blueprint and permits.

While it’s tempting to dive into new opportunities AI presents for marketing communications workflow, using AI with no organizational structure is foolish at best and risky at worst.


Paul Matsen, chief marketing and communications officer at Cleveland Clinic

For a large hospital system with complicated logistics, compliance, and regulatory processes, the stakes are even higher. “It’s far more important to do this right than to do this fast,” says Paul Matsen, chief marketing and communications officer at Cleveland Clinic.

The marcoms team at Cleveland Clinic has been experimenting with AI strategically since Sam Altman publicly launched ChatGPT in November 2022. Soon after, Matsen sat in an executive management meeting discussing generative AI. “A lot of eyes fell on marketing and communications, and we realized we didn’t have answers,” says Matsen.

That began their efforts to create a plan to address leadership questions about how AI could make marketing more effective and efficient.

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