9. Frictionless Remote Monitoring

Numerous conditions (eg, diabetes) require monitoring through invasive means, such as needles. Reducing the need for these types of monitoring methods can increase adherence and decrease suffering. Needle-free glucose monitoring is an example of remote health monitoring that is frictionless and requires almost no action from the patient. Other frictionless monitoring devices in development include a bandage or skin patch that reads sweat molecules to diagnose pregnancy, hypertension, or hydration. These findings can be read remotely, thereby increasing the reach of these diagnostics.1

10. Neurovascular Stent Retrievers

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When a patient has a stroke, there is a narrow window of time (three to six hours) within which the blood clot must be removed or dissolved, so as to prevent long-term damage. At present, the only FDA-approved treatment has been intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).1 Neuromuscular stent retrievers are inserted into the body via a catheter and threaded through the bloodstream. These tiny, wire-caged devices seize and remove the blood clot.1 In June of 2015, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) issued evidence-based clinical guidelines for the use of this intervention in stroke treatment.13 It is anticipated that this device will become integrated into stroke units by the end of 2016.1