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5 must-read stories from MedCity News this week

The week had a new round of Theranos revelations, some of which came out of a fireside chat with Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit as well as the annual list of breakthrough medical technologies for 2016.

The week was packed with a new round of Theranos revelations, some of which came out of a fireside chat with Toby Cosgrove at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit. The event culminated in a look at breakthrough technologies expected to reach a turning point in 2016. Here’s a look at some of the most well-read and interesting stories our editorial team produced this week.

1. Cleveland Clinic announces top 10 list of breakthrough technologies for 2016

Cell-free fetal DNA testing is expected to be the next level in prenatal genetic testing that would be non-invasive as well as dramatically reducing the false-negative results that currently pose a problem.

2. Theranos: We’ll start publishing data

It’s not clear what data will be published or in what form. When asked after her talk to elaborate, Holmes guided me to her public relations team. A spokeswoman said the company would provide an e-mail with more information.

3. Two statements from Connected Health perfectly explain why digital health startups fail

During a keynote session on designing for change, Amy Cueva, founder and chief experience officer of Mad*Pow, a design studio based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, offered this:

“Oftentimes in health, we have ‘shiny object syndrome.’”

4. FDA: Theranos peddling “uncleared medical devices”

The FDA has said that Theranos’ “nanotainers” are actually “uncleared medical devices” that are being wrongfully shipped across state lines. These nanotainers, to be clear, are the tiny vials pictured above that Theranos has built its reputation around. They collect small drops of blood from the finger for analysis, instead of several vials of veinous blood which are used in standard blood testing.

5. From aerospace to cable TV: How 4 industry outsiders plan to change medicine

Some of the biggest organization you’d rarely associate with medicine – from our space agency to companies best known for truck engine oils – are either spinning off their technologies to create the next medical breakthroughs, or making investments, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

Here are four good examples of futuristic “healthcare companies,” which outlined their approaches and what they’re hoping to change in the medical industry.

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