The Top Ten Medical Innovations for 2017

Every year, the Cleveland Clinic releases its Top Ten list of the most impactful medical innovations for the coming year. Recent winners have included genomic-directed clincal trials, editing the DNA of patients with genetic-based disease with CRISPR, wearables and remote monitoring, and retrievable neurovascular stents.

Here is the list of game-changing medicalĀ innovations for 2017.

Augmented Reality in the Operating Room

The medical and surgical applications for VR and AR continue to expand. Telementoring, battlefield remote surgery, and medical education have been well described. Significant technical limitations still exist, such as the limited field-of-view with Microsoft’s Hololens (see a surgeon’s first hand perspective here). There will be many compelling advantages of this technology in the operating room, for example, see-through surgical navigation using reconstructed CT scans. In the not too distant future I will be able to see my patient’s oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and a myriad of other physiological parameters graphically displayed as a HUD while I am performing a difficult intubation, or emergently placing a central venous catheter.