Top 10 Medical Innovations

What technologies will hit the market in the coming year that will change patient care forever?

Cleveland Clinic’s culture of innovation naturally fosters a good deal of discussion about new “game-changing” technologies and which ones will have the greatest impact each year. The passion of our clinicians and researchers to get the best care for patients drives a continuous dialogue about what state-of-the-art medical inventions are just over the horizon.

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.

View the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2020.

Our Process

We use a rigorous process to gather the opinions of Cleveland Clinic physicians and researchers, create a field of nominated innovative technologies for consideration, and develop a consensus perspective of what will be the Top 10 Medical Innovations for the next year. Our team interviews nearly 100 Cleveland Clinic experts to elicit more than 150 nominations, which are presented, debated, and ranked in a series by two separate committees. The comittees then vote on the combined lists and establish our Top 10 Medical Innovations.

Our Criteria

To receive consideration, nominated technologies have to meet the following criteria:
  • The innovation must have significant clinical impact and offer significant patient benefit in comparison to current practices. It must also have high user-related functionality that improves healthcare delivery.
  • Nominated innovations must have a high probability of commercial success.
  • The innovation must be in or exiting clinical trials and be available on the market sometime in the coming year.
  • The innovation must have significant human interest in its application or benefits and must have the ability to visualize human impact.


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