The ECRI Institute today released a top 10 watch list for innovations that are “molding the landscape of healthcare in 2016 and beyond,” placing mobile stroke units, medical device cybersecurity and wireless wearable sensors at the top.
The list is meant to highlight important new or emerging issues in healthcare with intentions of improving safety and cost effectiveness, the ECRI Institute said.
“Taking an evidence-based, ‘just the facts’ approach to assessing new healthcare innovations—from gadgets to drugs to infrastructure issues—that have been on our radar for the last year, we present hospital leaders with unbiased guidance to support informed decision making and help them understand how new innovations will affect care delivery,” health technology assessment director Diane Robertson said in a press release.
Mobile stroke units topped the list, which are specialized ambulance vehicles designed specifically for treating stroke victims. Below that, medical device cybersecurity, which saw quite a lot of press in 2015, and wireless wearable sensors took the 2nd and 3rd slot. Miniature leadless pacemakers took 4th on the institute’s list.
“Hospital leaders have to deal with a lot of new technology issues – and demands from different departments in their facilities – so this list is intended to assist them in their efforts to update or implement their strategic technology plans,” applied solutions group director Robert Maliff said in prepared remarks.
Also included were blue-violet LED light fixtures, which aim to prevent healthcare infections, high-cost cardiovascular drugs, changes in the landscape of robotic surgery, spectral computed tomography, injected bioabsorbable hydrogel and warm donor organ perfusion systems.