Last month the Cleveland Clinic held their annual Medical Innovation Summit. One of the big themes this year at the summit was innovations from healthcare outsiders, something that we have focused on quite a bit since naming it a trend a little over a year ago. From companies who make paint to companies that bring television into your home, everybody is finding ways to impact the world of medicine. Here are just a few:
The paint maker from Cleveland officially announced Paint Shield. and EPA-registered Microbicidal Paint that touts the killing of 99.9 percent of bacterial on wall surfaces. This paint claims to kill bacteria for up to four years and aimed for use in hospitals, senior care centers, schools, and sports facilities.
There has been specific interest from these space explorers to treat bone-density loss and intracranial pressure that can impact vision, as well as, taking a look at how to generate IV fluid in space. This is incredibly important to them since a large issue they are currently facing is that “We’re on a three-year mission to MARS and there’s a six-month shelf-life for saline,”Sankovic, director of technology incubation and innovation, said. That answer could lead to advancement in emergency medicine or rural healthcare.
Parker has interest in orthopedics and already has an exoskeleton on the market that helps those with spinal cord injuries walk. At the summit they announced their new partnership with the Department of Defense and has also invested in an orthopedics design company. Parker’s vice president of technology and innovation states that the company benefits through the constant interviews with patients that help improve their products.
Cox’s mantra is to put technology in people’s homes that will capture data and make sense out of it. The sectors of telemedicine and home healthcare should be a focus for them in the next few years. They just partnered with the Cleveland Clinic to form Vivre Health and is investing in other telehealth companies like HealthSpot.