The Cleveland Clinic this week released its ninth annual list of the top 10 medical innovations for the coming year. Included in the list this year are several device-related technologies: mobile stroke units; leadless cardiac pacemakers; fast, painless blood testing; and single-dose intraoperative radiation therapy for breast cancer.

The list of up-and-coming technologies and drug therapies for 2015 was selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists and announced during Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation Summit. In a press release, the Clinic provided links to YouTube videos and brief descriptions of each technology.

Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

  1. Mobile Stroke Unit
  2. Dengue Fever Vaccine
  3. Cost-effective, Fast, Painless Blood Testing
  4. PCSK9 Inhibitors for Cholesterol Reduction
  5. Antibody-Drug Conjugates
  6. Checkpoint Inhibitors
  7. Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker
  8. New Drugs for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  9. Single-Dose Intraoperative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
  10. New Drug for Heart Failure

Leading the Cleveland Clinic list was the mobile stroke unit: “High-tech ambulances bring the emergency department straight to the patient with stroke symptoms.  Using telemedicine, in-hospital stroke neurologists interpret symptoms via broadband video link, while an onboard paramedic, critical care nurse, and CT technologist perform neurological evaluation and administer t-PA after stroke detection, providing faster, effective treatment for the affected patient.”

Third in the list was cost-effective, fast, painless blood testing: “The new art of blood collection uses a drop of blood drawn from the fingertip in a virtually painless procedure. Test results are available within hours of the original draw and are estimated to cost as little as 10% of the traditional Medicare reimbursement.”

Seventh in the list was the leadless cardiac pacemaker: “Vitamin-sized wireless cardiac pacemakers can be implanted directly in the heart without surgery and eliminate malfunction complications and restriction on daily physical activities.

Single-dose intraoperative radiation therapy for breast cancer was ninth in the list: “Intraoperative radiation therapy, or IORT, focuses the radiation on the tumor during surgery as a single dose, and has proven effective as whole breast radiation.”

More information on the annual Top 10 Medical Innovations list, including descriptions, videos, and year-by-year comparisons is available in a downloadable smartphone app, available on iTunes and Google Play.