2018 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List

Annual list gives evidence-based insight into apps for opioid addiction, genetic testing, and virtual reality for pediatrics.

By ECRI Institute 01.22.18
As healthcare leaders tackle their capital planning and value analysis challenges in 2018, the last thing they’re looking for is an unwelcome surprise from another new technology that’s being hyped in the marketplace.
ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, announces the release of its annual Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List. The report helps healthcare leaders understand new and emerging innovations, including new apps to help treat opioid addiction, acuity-adaptable rooms, insertable cardiac monitors, and virtual reality for pediatric patients.
“This year we selected a range of technologies and infrastructure issues hospital leaders and their teams are facing, will be facing, or should consider,” said Diane C. Robertson, director, Health Technology Assessment, ECRI Institute.
Topping the list this year is the first FDA-approved medical app for opioid addiction. A form of telehealth, the app offers a way to strengthen recovery with ongoing, long-term support.
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing, coming in at No. 2, is changing how frontline clinicians interact with patients who pursue tests on their own.
“Hospital leaders often are not aware how much lab budgets are being blown by genetic testing, inappropriate use from lack of evidence-based information, and unreimbursed testing. Now that direct-to-consumer testing provides health information to patients, it will drive them to seek attention to understand the implications of their test results,” added Robertson.
Other topics include microhospitals; a non-invasive device for treating Alzheimer’s disease; neonatal MRI systems in the NICU; GammaTile Cs-131 radiation therapy for fighting brain tumors; and a special needle for reducing pain during blood draw.
“Nobody pays us to produce our C-suite watch list—it’s built on our deep, independent expertise for how to address today’s and tomorrow’s healthcare challenges. Many healthcare leaders use this as a springboard for informed decision making in their capital planning programs and strategic initiatives,” said Robert P. Maliff, director, strategic growth and business development, ECRI Institute.
Available as a public service, the new report gives hospital leaders evidence-based perspectives on innovations and care delivery trends that have the potential to impact cost, quality, and patient outcomes. Each entry includes actionable recommendations in a quick-glance “What to Do” section.
The watch list draws upon ECRI Institute’s 50 years of experience evaluating and providing technical assistance on the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of health technologies. It reflects the unbiased, independent judgment of the Institute’s multidisciplinary staff of clinical and technical researchers, engineers, risk management specialists, and healthcare planners and consultants.
ECRI Institute’s 2018 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List is available for download at (registration required).
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