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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Decoding the Human Element for Analytics Success

Posted by Arnab Roy on May 30, 2019

Maria Kliatchko and Indraneel Mukherjee co-wrote this blog post with Arnab Roy. This blog post is the second in a two-part series on how medtech companies can find success with analytics.

Everyone loves the idea of analytics making their lives easier, but in practice medtech companies don’t always realize the broader goals of their analytics programs. Even when analytics initiatives are well planned and executed, they often fail to yield their expected returns due to one factor that often slips under the radar: the human element.


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What It Takes for Multinational Medtech Companies to Succeed in China

Posted by ZS Editors on April 9, 2019

With a population of 1.4 billion, China is a market that most medtech companies can’t afford to ignore. However, differences in population types (urban versus rural), the government’s role in healthcare expansion and a multi-tiered distribution system that is undergoing reform make navigating the Chinese market a challenge.


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Thanks for the ‘Ones’ and ‘Zeros,’ Dr. Gottlieb

Posted by Brian Chapman on March 15, 2019

I admit, the title of this post is an attempt at a ham-fisted connection between the FDA’s impressive, forward-looking digital strategy under Commissioner Scott Gottlieb (as he wraps up his post following his March 5th resignation) and an overall reckoning from his tenure. I also must admit that my assessment has some shortcomings: I watch the FDA from a distance, avoid the political elements and focus only on the medtech industry (drug prices, generic approvals and vaping notwithstanding). Although Jeffrey Shuren, the director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and others at the FDA probably should share credit for many of the positive accomplishments in medtech, the tenure of a leader should be judged by the organization’s accomplishments during that time. As Gottlieb prepares to move on from his role in public service, I’d like to share a few thoughts on the agency’s recent impact on the medtech industry.


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