Innovations Spotlight

Innovating by Example: Andre Machado, MD, PhD, Sets Innovation-Centric Tone in First Year as Chair of NI

05/22/2017

Innovating by Example: Andre Machado, MD, PhD, Sets Innovation-Centric Tone in First Year as Chair of NI

When Dr. Andre Machado took the stage with Chief of Staff Dr. Brian Donley at the 2015 Medical Innovation Summit as the newly announced chair of the Neurological Institute, he acknowledged the enormous challenges ahead. Challenges ranged from the need for new therapies for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke to the need for new ways of delivering care remotely and managing chronic pain. Dr. Machado, however is not one to shy away from challenges, no matter the magnitude or the urgency.


Gut Microbe-Dependent TMAO from Dietary Choline Found to Be Prothrombotic in Humans

05/12/2017

Gut Microbe-Dependent TMAO from Dietary Choline Found to Be Prothrombotic in Humans

New research from Stan Hazen, MD, PhD, has shown that elevated levels of TMAO can have a prothrombotic effect in humans. This research, as well as a deeper dive into the microbiome, will be discussed at the 2017 Medical Innovation Summit.


CCI Celebrates National Inventors Month 2017

05/08/2017

CCI Celebrates National Inventors Month 2017

It’s easy to take everyday objects for granted. Things like your desk lamp, your television, an airplane and even your smart phone alter our lives almost every minute of the day. Not to mention the things that save lives, like vaccinations, MRIs and pacemakers.  But behind every little object, machine, and medicine that you encounter, an inventor was behind it. An inventor who couldn’t sleep, who took a risk, who wouldn’t quit until their contraption was just right. 


Amenable Robot: The Commercialization Story of simVITRO

04/26/2017

Amenable Robot: The Commercialization Story of simVITRO

When it comes to medical innovation, perhaps the most elusive evidence for any researcher to capture are the potential patient outcomes for a new device or surgical technique. For many innovations, only time will tell. For others, simulation opens the door for discovery.  When it comes to orthopaedics, Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have a team dedicated to simulating the complex motions and loads of the human body to test a wide variety of implants and surgical techniques. The Clinic’s biomechanical testing platform, also known as simVITRO, is now helping fellow institutions answer clinical questions all over the world.


Science Non-Fiction: Healthcare and the Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

04/24/2017

Science Non-Fiction: Healthcare and the Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

Just a few years ago, Artificial Intelligence seemed like something that was only in movies. But those in healthcare know that the dawn of artificial intelligence is here. Science Non-Fiction: Healthcare and the Dawn of Artificial Intelligence, an impact session at the 2016 Medical Innovation Summit, discussed what AI is, how it is already impacting healthcare, and what we can expect from it in the near future.


Cleveland Clinic’s 2017 Medical Innovation Summit Will Showcase Genomics and Precision Medicine

04/10/2017

Cleveland Clinic’s 2017 Medical Innovation Summit Will Showcase Genomics and Precision Medicine

Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit will bring together more than 2,250 of the brightest leaders from around the world to downtown Cleveland on October 23-25, 2017, to discuss transformative technologies that will deliver on the powerful promise of genomics and precision medicine.


Data Snapshots: How a Mobile App Is Shaping Young Athletes’ Concussion Care

04/10/2017

Data Snapshots: How a Mobile App Is Shaping Young Athletes’ Concussion Care

When Cleveland Clinic’s Concussion Center introduced its C3Logix™ mobile app for concussion assessment in 2011, a key objective was to guide decision-making around how to evaluate and where to dispatch student athletes in the wake of a blow to the head. Data from the app’s fifth year of use confirm that’s indeed a leading way the app is being employed. This post details those data and shares a few other statistical snapshots as applications of C3Logix continue to evolve.


 DBS for Stroke Recovery: A Primer for the Curious

04/07/2017

DBS for Stroke Recovery: A Primer for the Curious

“What we are trying to do is help the areas of the brain around the stroke — the areas spared by the stroke — take up some of the function of the area that was lost as a consequence of the stroke.” That’s how Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon Andre Machado, MD, PhD, explains the objective of his recent first-in-human implantation of deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes in the brain of a stroke survivor for purposes of motor recovery, as detailed in this earlier Consult QD post.


Precision Medicine Roundup

04/05/2017

Precision Medicine Roundup

Precision medicine is not just a buzz word at Cleveland Clinic. Our caregivers are hard at work learning, innovating, and implementing the best techniques to deliver the best care as possible to the individual patient. Whether it’s genomics, population management, big data, or 3D printing, streamlining the most personal care will soon be the standard of medicine.


Top 10 Update: Latest on the Bioabsorbable Stent

04/03/2017

Top 10 Update: Latest on the Bioabsorbable Stent

The Bioabsorbable Stent was ranked as the #10 Medical Innovation of 2017. The stent, which is made of a naturally dissolving polymer, widens the clogged artery for two years before it is absorbed into the body in a manner similar to dissolvable sutures. The disappearing stent leaves nothing behind, thus eliminating risk of inflammation that can lead to late-stent thrombosis and restenosis.  ConsultQD looked into a recent study to evaluate the stent’s merits. Here is what they found.


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