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About Medical Device Innovation

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 delivery system.

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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