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MEDICAL INNOVATIONS AND THEIR IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES IN THE UNITED STATES

Author/​Artist:
Beauchamp, Tyler [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Tarnita, Corina [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [Browse]
Class year:
2015
Description:
76 pages
Summary note:
There is a large disconnect between the amount Americans spend on healthcare and their relatively poor health outcomes. In this thesis, I explore the reasons for this disconnect and offer potential solutions. After discussing healthcare waste reduction strategies, I outline medical innovations that could improve healthcare quality, with a focus on innovations in the rapidly changing fields of genetic testing, regenerative medicine, and big data. I discuss the often-hyped promises of these innovations, and consider the scientific, logistic, political, economic, social, and ethical challenges that need to be solved before they can be implemented. I end by analyzing the reasons for the successful implementation of a now-ubiquitous medical innovation, the CT scanner, and apply insights from this analysis to innovations that I outline earlier in the paper.