Long gone is the idea of the doctor in a white coat with a black bag making a house visit to a sick patient.
Now, health care is more of a team sport than an individual sport, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, said in a recent appearance on HuffPost Live in Davos, Switzerland, where the 2014 World Economic Forum annual meeting is taking place, on Wednesday.
Between doctors, nurses, technicians, IT people and others, these days "it takes a whole team of people working together across specialities," he said.
The patient, too, has to become part of the team, he said. That's part of the reason why the Cleveland Clinic has now made medical records available to patients over the Internet. The 1.8 million people who have taken advantage of this new technology are more involved with their own care, by tracking their cholesterol or blood glucose levels, he said.
However, the new role comes with new responsibility. "It's your chart," Cosgrove said, "and you better understand what's going on."
Watch a clip of Cosgrove's interview above, and see live updates from Davos below: