November 01, 2012
Bariatric surgery for diabetes control is the top medical innovation for 2013, according to Cleveland Clinic‘s seventh-annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations.
More than 110 Cleveland Clinic experts nominated 150 emerging technologies to compete for the top ten spots, and a panel of Clinic physicians and scientists chose the winners. To be selected, the innovations had to have a high probability of commercial success, The Plain Dealer‘s “Everything Cleveland” reports.
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Although weight-loss surgery has been around for some time, new research shows that it can help control diabetes when medicine cannot. “Many diabetes experts now believe that weight-loss surgery should be offered much earlier as a reasonable treatment option for patients with poorly controlled diabetes—not as a last resort,” according to a Cleveland Clinic release.
The nine other innovations on the 2013 list were:
2. Neuromodulation therapy, which prevents cluster and migraine headaches when patients feel them coming;
3. Mass spectrometry for rapid bacterial identification, which enables physicians to more quickly and appropriately treat infections;
4. A handheld imaging device, which can identify melanoma in less than a minute with 98% accuracy and without cutting the skin;
5. Five new cancer drugs, which block abnormal cell growth in patients with advanced prostate cancer;
6. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery, which relies on a laser rather than a surgical blade to perform more precise cataract surgery;
7. A lung washing system, which cleans fluid, infected bacteria, and other damage from lungs, preparing them for transplants that might otherwise be disposed;
8. A new aneurysm technology, which enables physicians to treat complex aneurysms weeks earlier by relying on a fabric graft that can be adapted to the leak, rather than waiting on a custom endograft that can take weeks to make;
9. Breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography that improves accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis;
10. The Medicare Better Health Rewards Program Act of 2012, bipartisan legislation that would incent patients to proactively prevent various chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
The Medicare Better Health Rewards Program Act is the first piece of legislation to make the list. It encourages patients to play an active role in their well-being through annual wellness visits and maintenance of health standards.
“Our list gives you a flavor of where health care is going,” says Chris Coburn, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. “If you looked at the first few years of the Summit, you’d see it dominated by devices and drugs…But now we’re also looking at population management” (Cleveland Clinic release, 10/31; McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 10/31 [subscription required]; Theiss, “Everything Cleveland,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/31).