Medical Technology Innovations
Against the backdrop of health care reform and a controversial medical device tax, medical technology innovations are focusing more than ever on products that deliver cheaper, faster, more efficient patient care.
They are also making inroads with U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulators to re-engineer the complex review and approval process for new medical devices.
Many in the industry have long felt overly burdened by what they consider to be an unnecessarily complex approval process. Critics claim it impedes innovation and delays the availability of better health care. To change that perception, the FDA last year announced a new Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) charged with simplifying the process of designing and testing new technologies. With input from industry, government, and other nonprofit organizations, public-private MDIC will prioritize the regulatory science needs of the medical device community and fund projects to streamline the process.
“By sharing and leveraging resources, MDIC may help industry to be better equipped to bring safe and effective medical devices to market more quickly and at a lower cost,” says Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
As the regulators, politicians, and corporate executives hash out these details, industry engineers and scientists continue to push through new ideas for improving and managing human health. Every year, industry observers like the Cleveland Clinic and the medical device trade press single out their favorite technology trends. These thought leaders agree that today’s best technologies strike a balance between reducing the overall cost of medical care and increasing safety and survival rates—and isn’t that what health care reform is all about?
Medical Technology Innovations and Solutions
Technology is very important for the advancement in medicine.
- relied on technology from machines to scalpels
- by the start of the 20th century, new tools and equipment were available to study, diagnose, and treat the body
- today, hospitals worldwide use complex computerized machines to image the body or assist its function.
Technology Improves Healthcare
- The Internet has become a main source of medical information
- Healthcare facilities are reaching patients using social media
- Better treatment and less suffering
- Doctors are easier to reach and better at their jobs
- Improved patient care and worker efficiency
The Computer Revolution in Medicine
- using computers was one of the most important technological changes in 20th-century medicine
- computerized machines in hospitals monitored patients continuously
Machines Give Rise to Specialist Medical Practitioners
- many medical technologies allowed specific parts of the body to be studied, diagnosed or treated