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Some Low-Tech Healthcare Issues Need High-Tech Help

June 19th, 2013
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Healthcare improvements often depend on technology a great deal, whether it’s a new drug, diagnostic device, online system or even an app. Sometimes, however, solutions to nagging problems beg for less costly, low-tech solutions. And in a handful of cases, low- and high-tech innovations must work hand-in-hand for a problem to be successfully addressed.
Take hand-washing, for example. This simple procedure can help combat the 100,000 deaths and $30 billion in annual costs due to hospital-acquired infections, yet only 30 percent of hospital staff meets the standard for hand-washing recommended by the World Health Organizations and other health groups. Now that hospitals could lose Medicare funding if enough patients contract preventable infections, they’re looking to technological solutions to fix this age-old problem, including high tech devices like video monitoring and motion detectors in intensive care units. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Healthcare Innovations of 2013

December 5th, 2012
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Earlier this week, I reflected on the Cleveland Clinic predictions on the Top 10 innovations in healthcare for 2012 from the vantage point of the year coming to a close. Today, I’ll review the predictions for 2013:


  1. Healthcare programs with monetary incentives (Medicare Better Health Rewards Program)—Due to rising costs of healthcare, this program is designed to empower the patient to reach achievable health goals. Metrics gauge improvement in six areas: body mass index, diabetes indicators, blood pressure, cholesterol, vaccinations, and tobacco use. The program gives participants an incentive of up to $400 after they follow the program for two to three years. The rewards: better outcomes for seniors and reduced utilization of healthcare services. While this is not a medical device, it will be interesting to see results over the year ahead.
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The Top 10 Healthcare Innovations of 2012. How Well Did They Do?

December 3rd, 2012
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Last year, the Cleveland Clinic predicted what the Top 10 innovations in healthcare for 2012 would be. Before we report on the Cleveland Clinic’s predictions for 2013, let’s review how well the Top 10 Innovations for this year actually fared:


  1. Catheter-based renal denervation for resistant hypertension—Five companies are manufacturing the devices, which are now available in Europe and are under study in the U.S.
  2. CT scans for early detection of lung cancer—New practice guidelines recommend screening using low-dose CT scans for people at high risk of developing lung cancer and can only be performed in experienced facilities. The cost? About $100 per screening (not covered by insurance).
  3. Concussion management for athletesThe Cleveland Clinic is developing a concussion app for use in high schools that checks athletes’ memory, reaction time, and balance and compares scores to previous data points.  Read the rest of this entry »

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