MEDICAL INNOVATIONS AND THEIR IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES IN THE UNITED STATES

Author/​Artist
Beauchamp, Tyler [Browse]
Format
Senior thesis
Language
English
Description
76 pages

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Advisor(s)
Tarnita, Corina [Browse]
Department
Princeton University. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [Browse]
Class year
2015
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.

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