A Reason to be Proud of Your Profession
Every year the renowned Cleveland Clinic takes a look around at the world of healthcare and determines what is happening that should make us all stand up and cheer at the coming advances in medicine, pharma, bio and devices.
The reason we all love being associated with this industry is because it holds so much promise, in its best moments, to relieve the suffering of many and even eradicate some of the worst diseases and conditions we experience on this planet. Here are the Top 10 Innovations identified at Cleveland Clinic’s 2016 Medical Innovation Summit.
1 Vaccines to prevent public health epidemics like Ebola and meningococcal B get fast-tracked for approval so patients can receive them earlier.
2 Genomic directed clinical trials. Genetic profiling of patients better matches them for clinical trials, which increases their chance of benefiting from research studies.
3 Gene editing using CRISPR is a therapy in which the human genome is altered in an effort to eliminate genetic-based disease.
4 Water purification systems for prevention of infectious diseases. A self-sustainable processor turns solid waste and sewer sludge into safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people.
5 Cell-free fetal DNA testing is a non-invasive diagnostic test that has a tenfold better chance of diagnosing Down syndrome in a fetus.
6 Cancer screening via protein biomarker analysis, a test that detects changes in the structure of certain blood proteins and can diagnose many types of cancer with high accuracy.
7 Naturally-controlled artificial limbs with sensors that pick up neural codes sent by the brain and send them to computers to be deciphered and used to operate prosthetic limbs.
8 First ever treatment for HSDD restores sexual desire in pre-menopausal women who have no medical-based explanation for their loss of libido
9 Frictionless remote monitoring devices allow health care providers to monitor patients from afar. This includes such things as needle-free glucose monitoring, which uses biosensors on the skin to collect information on glucose levels.
10 Neurovascular stent remover is a new device, used alongside standard tPA treatment for stroke, that removes clots and results in speedier recovery for patients and a better chance for independence.