The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, the research division of Deloitte LLP\u2019s life sciences and healthcare practice, conducted a survey of leaders across healthcare systems recently to identify the top 10 innovations that could potentially transform healthcare. Once the survey was complete, they narrowed the list down by applying the following definition of innovation:\n\nAny combination of activities or technologies that break existing performance tradeoffs in the attainment of an outcome, in a manner that expands the realm of the possible. Defined in healthcare as providing \u201cmore for less\u201d\u2014more value, better outcomes, greater convenience, access and simplicity; all for less cost, complexity, and time required by the patient and the provider, in a way that expands what is currently possible.\n\nTheir final report explores these as their top 10 healthcare innovations:\n\nNext generation sequencing (NGS)\n3D-printed devices\nImmunotherapy\nArtificial intelligence (AI)\nPoint-of-care (POC) diagnostics\nVirtual reality (VR)\nLeveraging social media to improve patient\u00a0experience\nBiosensors and trackers\nConvenient care: retail clinics and urgent care\nTelehealth\n\nSarah Thomas, managing director of Research for the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, says the report explores innovations and how to adopt them into existing business models. "It also sets forth steps to take to create new ideas, including looking at nontraditional sources of knowledge and using existing materials to build new solutions and intelligence," said Thomas.\n"One of the biggest challenges in creating new solutions is access. Innovators need access to providers to fully understand their challenges and needs while, at the same time, providers need access to innovators to know what is out there or to provide feedback in development,\u201d she said. Other steps involved in the process include:\nPilot, experiment and scale\nOrganizations can benefit from embarking on small-scale pilots before entering into full-scale contracts with new technology providers. \u201cPilots allow you to experiment with new approaches or technologies. Before you expand to scale, you can determine if they are a success. If not, you can pivot to adjust the strategy,\u201d said Thomas.\nExperiment with new business models\nOrganizations need to expand beyond traditional revenue sources by growing venture capital investments or engaging in joint ventures. According to Thomas, opportunities to share in the upside of innovation can eclipse the ROI derived just from adopting a new technology.\nChange management\nOrganizations know change is needed but don\u2019t have the ability to move forward. Therefore, transformational initiatives have a low success rate. Then, how do you effect change? Here is some advice from Thomas: \u201cThe most critical factor is to be sure that incentives are aligned. An innovation like telehealth saves time, improves access, reduces workload, and improves patient satisfaction. It sounds great on the surface. However, if providers are paid based upon the number of patients they see in person, there is actually a disincentive to adopt telehealth,\u201d she said.\n\u201cThe next question to ask is whether the problem being solved is one that actually limits progress. In other words, if your commute takes too long, getting a faster car is not going to overcome terrible traffic,\u201d added Thomas.\nBe agile\nAs Deloitte points out in the report, \u201cIf you don\u2019t disrupt your own business models, someone else will.\u201d They\u2019ll reap the benefits too. And most of us are not in business to lose potential revenues.