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The Top 25 Innovations chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

Release Date:8/1/2016Publisher:admin

1. Electronic health records: Digitizing healthcare information made it easier to store, share and analyze data.

2. Accountable care and population health: The spread of accountable care organizations and population health models is aligning incentives for providers, payers and health consumers.

3. The internet: It empowers health consumers to investigate a condition or medical question, putting them on a more equal footing with healthcare professionals.

4. Big data: It enables the management of populations through analysis of large databases comprising clinical, claims, outcomes, socio-economic and demographic data.

5. Stem cell therapy: The discovery that stem cells may be able to treat and prevent diseases could revolutionize care for cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and other diseases.

6. Genomics supporting cancer treatment: Analyzing tumor genetics enables the development of targeted cancer drugs and is ushering in the era of less toxic “precision”medicine.1


7. Automated DNA sequencing: Rapid DNA sequencing methods made it faster and more cost-effective to obtain genetic information.

8. Wearable technologies: Biosensors can record information in real time and allow clinicians to remotely monitor health status.

9. Primary-care access: From storefront clinics to concierge practices, patients are choosing clinicians offering easier access, more time and lower cost.

10. 3-D printing: 3-D visualization promises to improve the precision of medical procedures with anatomically accurate reproductions.

11. Automating evidence-based protocols: Clinical algorithms take operational best practices and automate them using digital tools to ensure consistency and reduce variation.

12. Laparoscopic surgery: Minimally invasive surgical techniques reduced recovery time and shortened hospital stays.

13. Mobile provider-patient communication: The doctor is always in via web, mobile app, text messaging, email and voice messaging technology.


14. MRI technology: The introduction of MRI technology enabled detailed images of organs without using radiation.

15. Robotic surgery: Robotic surgical tools allow more precision during complex procedures. 

16. Cardiovascular implants: Stents, valves, defibrillators, pacemakers and other implants continue to transform cardiovascular care.

17. Medication adherence: Serving as an electronic pill box, digital technologies monitor patients´ adherence to their drug regimens.

18. Lean process improvement: Lean includes the use of multidisciplinary teams, outcomes measurement and constant improvement to eliminate errors, streamline processes and improve safety and care quality.

19. Storefront healthcare: Consumers have gained expanded access to non-emergency care at convenient sites based on their schedule, not their physician´s.


20. Automating clinical tasks: Automating routine tasks helps enable clinicians to practice at the top of their license.

21. Automated post-discharge follow-up: Delivering personalized discharge instructions online, on mobile devices or by phone has improved the likelihood of patient care plan adherence.

22. Bionic limbs: New advances in prosthetic limbs allow amputees to lead increasingly normal lives.

23. Teleradiology: The ability to securely send images outside the hospital has allowed physicians to consult with peers or outsource work during off-hours.

24. Post-acute patient placement: Use of devices with clinical algorithms that automatically determine patient placement based on insurance, clinical criteria, bed availability and patient preference.

25. Polymerase chain reaction: The ability to amplify a DNA target allows for earlier diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancer.

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