Cleveland Clinic today announced the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2019 at a multi-media presentation that capped off the 2018 Medical Innovation Summit. Now in its 16th year, the annual Medical Innovation Summit is organized by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the development and commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic.
The list of up-and-coming technologies was selected by a panel of Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists, led by Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic.
“Healthcare is ever changing and we anticipate that innovations such as cancer immunotherapy and pharmacogenomics will significantly transform the medical field and improve care for patients at Cleveland Clinic and throughout the world,” said Dr. Roizen.
Here, in order of anticipated importance, are the Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2019:
- Alternative Therapy for Pain: Fighting the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis has been declared a public health emergency. Today, chronic pain is the leading cause of opioid prescription. Though several clinically validated alternative therapies for chronic pain exist, none have curtailed the crisis. Now, innovation and potential for hope comes by way of pharmacogenomic testing, which uses a patient’s genetic makeup to predict an individual’s metabolism of drugs, including some opiate-based drug. Pharmacogenomic testing can be used to avoid adverse reactions and eliminate unnecessary and ineffective prescriptions, replacing them with more effective medications. Pharmacogenomics can also be used to predict who may have little or no pain relief to some opiate-based analgesics. Such patients might otherwise finish their prescription quickly and return for a new prescription earlier than expected. Pharmacogenomics can reduce or eliminate the stigma of “drug-seeking” that might be unfairly ascribed to such patients and provide the opportunity to tailor medication therapy. In 2019, with increased access to genetic testing, pharmacogenomics is poised to make significant inroads into precision medicine and potentially an end to the crisis.
- The Advent of AI in Healthcare
- Expanded Window for Acute Stroke Intervention
- Advances in Immunotherapy for Cancer Treatment
- Patient-Specific Products Achieved with 3D Printing
- Virtual and Mixed Reality for Medical Education
- Visor for Prehospital Stroke Diagnosis
- Innovation in Robotic Surgery
- Mitral and Tricuspid Valve Percutaneous Replacement and Repair
- RNA-Based Therapies
For more information on the annual Top 10 Medical Innovations list including descriptions, videos, and year-by-year comparisons visit: http://innovations.clevelandclinic.org/Summit/Top-10-Medical-Innovations.aspx.