The Shakeout of 2020: The Year That Small Changes Emerge From the Big Hype

Posted by Brian Chapman on January 13, 2020

With a new year and a new decade underway, it’s a great time to trot out my latest healthcare predictions. Perhaps one of the areas that healthcare’s transformation will be most evident is in the transfer of power across care settings. In the US, hospitals will lose a high number of orthopedic and cardiac procedures—and their corresponding profits—to ambulatory settings. Headline-grabbing trends like AI, big data and robotics are on the list, too, and although their individual impact on the sector will be meaningful, it likely won’t measure up to the hype. Finally, medtech will take advantage of the decade’s fresh start by modernizing its business approach and finally entering the digital age. Here’s how these five trends will alter the way that medtech companies do business and make decisions in the coming years.


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The Future Is Now: How Analytics Can Solve Today’s Business Problems

Posted by Indraneel Mukherjee on December 5, 2019

“2020 will be an exciting year for us. We’ll launch a few advanced devices and solutions that will have a transformative impact on patient lives and will position us as the leading provider of care in our therapeutic area,” said a general manager of a large capital equipment manufacturer.


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Why Forecasting in Medtech Is so Hard and What Can Be Done About It

Posted by Wenhao Xia on August 22, 2019

Sales forecasts play a critical role in the success of every company. An accurate and sufficiently granular forecast is critical for ongoing demand planning, brand strategy, investor communications, inventory and manufacturing, and many other core functions for any company.


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Assessing the Future of Robotics in Medtech

Posted by Andy Kach on August 14, 2019

This article was originally published in Medtech Insight.

Every medical device company—in and out of the surgical business—and many other tech companies are deep in the war of surgical robotics and digital solutions.


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AI in Medtech: Innovating in An Era of Uncertainty

Posted by Kate Templeton on July 23, 2019

This post is the second in a multi-part series on how the rules of the road are changing in medtech, and the implications on commercial strategy. Sundeep Karnik contributed to this blog post.

With the speed and impact of innovation increasing rapidly, our institutions have struggled to keep up. For better or worse, rules and regulations have typically lagged behind the innovation frontier, responding only when a crisis or particular incident highlights a new challenge to be managed or risk to be mitigated. This dynamic isn’t specific to healthcare—just think back on all of the questions raised in the last few years with Tesla’s autopilot car crashes to see the parallels. Regardless of industry, for those innovators on the cutting edge, this creates an environment of regulatory uncertainly that is inherently risky for the companies that blaze forward assuming a specific regulatory approach will be adopted by the relevant authorities. The more disruptive the technology, the more likely it is that such an environment will exist.


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