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is given the optimal drug mix, based on his genetic makeup. These are just a few of the innovations our prescient panel of anes- thesia experts sees coming to an operating room near you in the com- ing years. Along with game-changing technology, our panel foresees continuing increased emphasis on outcomes, a continued shift away from long-standing anesthetic techniques, new wonder drugs, ongoing volatility in health care and possibly an entirely new business model. Block time The trend toward regional anesthesia will be bolstered by improving technology, says Jay Horowitz, CRNA, owner of Quality Anesthesia Care Corp. in Sarasota, Fla. "Three-dimensional, high-definition, full- color ultrasound will replace the current grainy, one-dimensional views we get now." In their place, he says, will be a view as crisp and clear "as it would if you looked at it during surgery." Anesthesiologist Gregory Hickman, MD, agrees. Regional is only going to get bigger. "The significant growth … we've seen in the last decade will continue," says the medical director and director of anes- thesia at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla. And with opioids having recently become the subject of a national conversation, the pressure will be ratcheted up, says Dr. Hickman, for anesthesia providers to "show their value to the govern- ment and insurance payers by being involved in non-opioid post-op pain management." That, he says, will also hasten the trend toward multimodal pain management. Anesthetics in the pipleline Eugene R. Viscusi, MD, points out that where drugs are concerned "some new potential game changers," may be well on their way, includ- ing "intravenous analgesics that could significantly reduce the use of O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 9

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