Cleveland Clinic's Top 10 Medical Inventions for 2021

Cleveland Clinic professionals continue to predict device, technology, theme, and therapy advances.

By Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 10.07.20
At Cleveland Clinic, a shared passion for the delivery of superior care and an embedded culture of innovation foster continuous healthcare improvement dialogue amongst its clinicians and researchers. As such, Cleveland Clinic’s experts always have their finger on the pulse of new technologies slated to change the face of healthcare. The Top 10 Medical Innovations program was launched to share their insight with the broader healthcare community, and year after year, Cleveland Clinic professionals continue to successfully predict device, technology, theme, and therapy advances. With the Top 10, it informs and inspires professionals from all domains to advance practices for the benefit of patients everywhere.
For a coveted spot on the Top 10 list, innovations undergo a rigorous selection process. Each year, the team interviews nearly 100 Cleveland Clinic thought leaders to elicit more than 150 nominations, which are compiled and vetted by an established committee.
To receive consideration, nominated technologies have to meet the following criteria:
  • The innovation must have a significant clinical impact and offer certain patient benefit in comparison to current practices (improved outcomes, lower costs, fulfillment of an unmet need, etc.).
  • The innovation must have a high probability of widespread health ecosystem adoption in the coming year.
  • If applicable, the innovation must be in or exiting clinical trials with published superior results and a high probability of approval/clearance in the coming year.
  • The innovation must have significant human interest in its application or benefits.

Find more information about the top 10 list, including videos covering each innovation, here!
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