“…the potential sources of danger that we believe warrant the greatest attention for the coming year. The list does not enumerate the most frequently reported problems or the ones associated with the most severe consequences—although we do consider such information in our analysis. Rather, the list reflects our judgment about which risks should receive priority now.” (p. 2)
The list includes:
- Hackers Can Exploit Remote Access to Systems, Disrupting Healthcare Operations
- “Clean” Mattresses Can Ooze Body Fluids onto Patients
- Retained Sponges Persist as a Surgical Complication Despite Manual Recounts
- Improperly Set Ventilator Alarms Put Patients at Risk for Hypoxic Brain Injury or Death
- Mishandling Flexible Endoscopes after Disinfection Can Lead to Patient Infections
- Confusing Dose Rate with Flow Rate Can Lead to Infusion Pump Medication Errors
- Improper Customization of Physiologic Monitor Alarm Settings May Result in Missed Alarms
- Injury Risk from Overhead Patient Lift Systems
- Cleaning Fluid Seeping into Electrical Components Can Lead to Equipment Damage and Fires
- Flawed Battery Charging Systems and Practices Can Affect Device Operation
If you’re interested in getting your own copy of the Executive Brief, visit this link.
Earlier this year, Dr. Bertalan Meskó – The Medical Futurist – published The 40 Most Exciting Questions about the Future of Healthcare. As with his other books, I found his ideas interesting and informative. Personally, I found the following five questions most intriguing:
- Will doctors always have to see patients in person?
- What will the hospital of the future look like?
- What comes after the wearable revolution?
- Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence in medicine?
- What if people want to replace healthy body parts for prosthetics?
If you’re looking for book that’s focused on trying to understand how healthcare might be changing in the near future, I’d recommend purchasing a copy.
Last month, the Cleveland Clinic revealed their Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2019 at the 2018 Medical Innovation Summit. The focus for the 16th annual summit was “Disruption: Reimagining Healthcare.”
According to their website:
“The annual Top 10 Medical Innovations was developed to share what our clinical leaders are saying to each other and what innovations they feel will help shape healthcare over the next 12 months and beyond.”
They have multiple criteria that medical innovations have to meet before they are considered, including: (a) significant clinical impact; (b) significant patient benefit; (c) high user-related functionality that improves healthcare delivery; (d) high probability of commercial success; (e) available on the market in the next year; (f) must have significant human interest in its application or benefits; and (g) must have the ability to visualize human impact.
This year the Top 10 list includes:
- Alternative Therapy for Pain: Fighting the Opioid Crisis
- The Advent of AI in Healthcare
- Expanded Window for Acute Stroke Intervention
- Advances in Immunotherapy for Cancer Treatment
- Patient-Specific Products Achieved with 3D Printing
- Virtual and Mixed Reality for Medical Education
- Visor for Prehospital Stroke Diagnosis
- Innovation in Robotic Surgery
- Mitral and Tricuspid Valve Percutaneous Replacement
- RNA-Based Therapies
Earlier this week I learned that I was chosen as one of the Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2018 by the Innovation Excellence community.
This is the fourth year (2012, 2013 & 2014) I’ve been chosen. As always, I’m greatly honored by the selection.
If you’re on Twitter and interested in innovation, then I’d highly recommend subscribing to the list.
In their book, Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, the authors provide a healthcare-specific definition for transformative innovation:
Transformative innovation is an evolutionary form of innovation built on an undivided focus on the customer and customer experience. It uses design discipline and scientific methods to integrate and deploy new and existing technologies to improve experiences and efficiencies, and it is often associated with discovering and turning negative experiences into positive ones.
Transformation innovation is innovation that has an impact on the customer irrespective of scale. A transformational innovation substantially changes an experience. It does not matter if the substantial change affects a person, a group or people, or a whole organization. It is transformational irrespective of scale. We use this definition to guide every decision we make in the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. We constantly ask: Will our actions have the potential to profoundly impact the experience and delivery of health and health care?
A few points.
First, it is INCREDIBLY long. While it is possible to parse it down to its’ essence after reading the definition several times, I’m curious how they clearly communicate the concept to internal stakeholders with such a verbose definition.
Second, while I’m a big fan of having a strong focus on the customer and customer experience in health care, I’m becoming increasingly concerned that such a singular focus is negatively impacting the health care provider experience. I’ll be posting more on this topic in the near future.
Finally, with all that being said, I really did enjoy the book and believe it imparts important information that other health care systems can implement. I hope health care executives will read the book and see the benefits of starting their own innovation centers.
On this Memorial Day I am reminded of family, friends, and strangers that served and sacrificed for our country. To them I say a humble “Thank You.”
May your day be spent surrounded by those you love, appreciative of the life you lead, and mindful of the service members that afforded these opportunities.
On May 17th and 18th, the fourth annual Idaho Healthcare Summit will take place in Boise, Idaho. This years event has a three-fold theme:
- Finding unique solutions to our healthcare issues.
- Creating a sustainable framework that facilitates collaboration and gets results.
- Becoming more flexible and creative in working within shifting federal mandates and healthcare transformations.
I’m looking forward to attending. It should be a great event!