Cleveland Clinic names top 10 medical innovations 2017

  • Oct 26th, 2016
  • Guy Paterson

Cleveland Clinic names top 10 medical innovations 2017

From: HealthcareITNews   Oct 26, 2016

The top 10 innovations were unveiled to more than 1,600 doctors, entrepreneurs and other industry leaders at the 14th annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit.

The microbiome.
The microbiome is made up of trillions of helpful bacteria that make a home inside the human gut – to prevent, treat and diagnose disease.

Diabetes drugs that reduce heart disease and death.
Two new drugs recently approved recently approved to treat diabetes. Novo Nordisk’s liraglutide, sold as Victoza, and Eli Lilly’s empagliflozin, sold as Jardiance, have shown promise in reducing these heart-related complications.

CAR-T therapy for leukemia and lymphoma.
Using a new method called chimeric antigen receptor – T-cell therapy, a patient’s T-cells are removed and genetically modified to seek out and destroy cancer cell, then re-infused via an IV.

Liquid biopsies to find cancer.
It’s now possible to find tumor DNA circulating the blood, spinal fluid and perhaps even urine - liquid biopsies could help doctors understand how tumours change in order to beat existing treatments or help identify earlier stages of the disease.

Automated car safety features and driverless capabilities.
Collision warning systems, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and cross-traffic alerts are some other innovations on the horizon to further reduce the more than 38,000 fatal car crashes each year in the US.

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).
FHIR is an interoperability specification that can act as a translator for EHRs that don’t normally play well together.  To date, in spite of some advances, easy sharing of records between and across institutions has been elusive.

Ketamine for treatment –resistant depression.
For one-third of people with depression, nothing helpsKetamine, once known as a club drug, improves symptoms rapidly for the majority of these patients in initial studies.

3D visualization and augmented reality for surgery.
Many eye and brain surgeons do their work in very small spaces.  3-D cameras are helping surgeons and their teams get a better view - it widens his field of view, lets everyone in the operating room see what’s happening in three dimensions.

Self-administered HPV test.
The HPV test, designed for routine use in women over age 30, detects the presence of high-risk types of HPV in the cells of the cervix with a vaginal swab.

Bioabsorbable stents.
When an artery that supplies blood to the heart muscle narrows or becomes blocked it’s often opened with a stent.About 2 percent of people develop life-threatening blood clots at the stent site.  What if the stent could just disappear after it’s done its job?  Absorbable stents are already in use in Europe and recently approved by the FDA, do exactly that. The absorbable stents also appear to reduce chest pain after surgery compared with the wire option.

Adapted from Healthcare ITNews October 26, 2016


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