About Medical Device
Over the next decade, medical technology innovations will
fundamentally transform the health care and delivery systems,
providing new solutions with medical devices that will challenge
existing paradigms and revolutionize the way treatments are
administered. Already medical innovations that would have been
considered the stuff of science fiction just a few years ago are
quickly becoming the standard of care.
With the convergence of many scientific and technology
breakthroughs, the pace of medical invention is accelerating,
inspiring hope for better clinical outcomes with less invasive
procedures and shorter recovery times, all in lower cost settings.
There are powerful forces at work that are driving rapid
fundamental change in healthcare delivery.
New innovations and developments suggest an unfolding pattern of
"smart" technologies that integrate engineering and biological
approaches, and that enable increasingly precise clinical
interventions as well as a progressively decentralized health care
Innovation for medical devices differs from innovation for
pharmaceuticals. Device innovation includes both giant leaps and
incremental changes with life cycles as short as 18 months. Unlike
many pharmaceuticals, the effectiveness of such improvements
depend on a continuing dialogue between product developers and the
ultimate end-users about what works, what doesn't, and what the
best solution to problems might look like, because devices
generally require the skill of the end-user.
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