Medtech trends, current and future

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Medtech Trends map.
We are working on a long range view of medical technology developments.  Since one tool to conceptualize ideas with priorities, subsets and linkages is “mind mapping”, we have used mindmapping software to construct a map of medtech trends involving the main elements of current trends, future trends and drivers.

The map is illustrated below in a Flash version. You may resize (zoom in/out) of the map and otherwise navigate it via the controls below right (and just above the map on the right).  You may also move about the map it in all directions by clicking on the map and moving it in the desired direction with your mouse/touchpad.

Elements of the map that contain embedded notes with additional information show a text box icon on the side, so that if you move your cursor over it, the text will display.

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Much of technology development over the course of the medtech industry’s history has been of the “product line extension” variety in which incremental improvements are made in devices and their composite materials in order to refine or otherwise increase their performance. Periodically, development has taken larger, more sudden leaps when re-examination of the fundamentals underlying medical technology generated new concepts that precipitated wholly new technologies. For example, surgery took a sudden leap forward in the late ’80s and ’90s when a recognition took place that (1) open abdominal surgery has inherent disadvantages stemming from trauma, risk of infection and other adversities and (2) endoscopic technology merely lacked the surgical instrumentation and design of a procedural format (e.g., via the use of insufflation) necessary to convert laparotomy to laparoscopy. The recognition that new technology obviated the need for trauma of laparotomy coincided with the obsolescence of virtually hundreds of years of traditional surgery. This development was only possible due to the emergence of a brand new paradigm called laparoscopic surgery, in which a host of abdominal procedures could be performed that avoid the trauma inherent in open abdominal surgery.

(And now, another leap is taking place by replacing laparoscopy with NOTES procedures in access is provided by existing orifices rather than any kind of incision or surgically-created port.)

Incremental improvements continue to enable manufacturers to sustain market shares and price premiums, but the nature of economic forces demanding better outcomes for every dollar spent and the proliferation of opportunities arising from technology advances on multiple fronts (with those fronts often combining synergistically) are precipitating leaps in medtech development beyond incremental improvement.

Below is illustrated an overall outline and map of the developments and drivers we see in medtech.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC