Read­ers Poll

The 25 Top In­no­va­tions

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We asked read­ers to vote for up to 10 in­no­va­tions. These are the 25 that gar­nered the most votes, in­clud­ing store­front health­care, bionic limbs and pri­mary-care ac­cess.

1. Elec­tronic health records

Dig­i­tiz­ing health­care in­for­ma­tion made it eas­ier to store, share and an­a­lyze data.

3. The in­ter­net

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

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.

4. Big data

It en­ables the man­age­ment of pop­u­la­tions through anal­y­sis of large data­bases com­pris­ing clin­i­cal, claims, out­comes, so­cioe­co­nomic 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.

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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