Who drives medtech development?

A recent survey of medtech executives suggested that “patient needs” took priority over “doctor’s ideas” in medtech development. Seriously? And how exactly do patients define their needs? “I’m a 53 year old man with acute coronary artery disease (you see, I have 85% occlusion in my left-anterior descending coronary artery), so I really feel strongly that we should be developing more sirolimus-coated stents to affect a better outcome in terms of reduced restenosis. Gosh, I’d really like to have a few more years of good fishin’.”

Ludicrous.

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