Vital Signs: How Medtech Companies Can Heal the Aches and Pains of Modern Healthcare Systems

Posted by Will Randall on November 15, 2018

Hospital spending has grown 15% and patient admissions are up 20% since 2009. Despite some efficiency gains, the provider financial deficit is large and growing, and patients are waiting longer than ever before for treatment in a system stretched to capacity. Sound familiar?


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Oil Changes and Knee Replacements: Healthcare’s Shift to Lower-Cost Care

Posted by Prateek Harsh on November 5, 2018

As the final speaker of the day shared his closing thoughts at Becker’s ASC Annual Meeting, held Oct. 18-20 in Chicago, one thing was clearer to me than ever before: Healthcare delivery is finally starting to operate like a “business” similar to what you’d typically expect with most other industries in a free-market model. And ASCs—ambulatory surgery centers—come closest to the free-market model in healthcare. Consumers often are paying a big chunk out of pocket for their treatment and, as a result, shop around for the best price and quality. Similarly, providers are competing to drive efficiency while maintaining costs. With the help of these forces, ASCs are ripe for growth. 


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Three Takeaways From AdvaMed’s 2018 MedTech Conference

Posted by Brian Chapman on October 4, 2018

Last month, the medtech community descended on the city of Philadelphia for AdvaMed’s annual MedTech Conference. Spending most of my time working in the commercial arena, I get to hit the pause button at this event to ponder bigger trends in the industry and to get exposure to some of the other forces shaping our environment in the form of regulatory, legal, trade and lobbying. Now that I’ve had my annual dose of relatively uninterrupted contemplation, I wanted to share three takeaways.


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What Can Ford’s River Rouge Plant Teach Us About Vertical Integration in Healthcare?

Posted by Brian Chapman on August 28, 2018

This blog post was originally published on the Medtech Conference (AdvaMed) blog

For anyone who grew up in Michigan, the Ford River Rouge Plant is legendary, in both the scale of its ambition and its dramatic fall as the auto industry matured. Built outside of Detroit in 1928, it was the largest manufacturing facility in the world at its peak, with 16 million square feet and 100,000 employees. Unloaded on the docks of the River Rouge were iron ore, coal and other raw materials. Rolling out the other side of the factory were fully finished cars. In between was a steel mill that boasted its own coal power plant. By 2018 the factory was idled and now has a museum, a light truck assembly facility and a very large parking lot.


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Blurred Lines: Vertical Integration in the Medtech Sector

Posted by Tobi Laczkowski on June 9, 2015

A key question leaders in any company must face is how vertically integrated to be. This means deciding which links in the value chain they should operate, versus outsource to others. There are plenty of pros and cons to vertical integration. Often, the largest pros center around reducing the transaction costs in negotiations with suppliers or customers, as well as capturing the profits currently enjoyed by others along the value chain.


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