We asked readers to vote for up to 10 innovations. These are the 25 that garnered the most votes, including storefront healthcare, bionic limbs and primary-care access.
1. Electronic health records: Digitizing healthcare information made it easier to store, share and analyze data.
2. Accountable care and population health: The spread of accountable care organizations and population health models is aligning incentives for providers, payers and health consumers.
3. The internet: It empowers health consumers to investigate a condition or medical question, putting them on a more equal footing with healthcare professionals.
4. Big data: It enables the management of populations through analysis of large databases comprising clinical, claims, outcomes, socio-economic and demographic data.
5. Stem cell therapy: The discovery that stem cells may be able to treat and prevent diseases could revolutionize care for cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and other diseases.
6. Genomics supporting cancer treatment: Analyzing tumor genetics enables the development of targeted cancer drugs and is ushering in the era of less toxic “precision”medicine.