How COAPT’s ‘All or Nothing’ Trial Design Is Making Sense of a Messy Disease

Posted by Kate Templeton on October 12, 2018

Landmark. Groundbreaking. Blockbuster. All of these words, and then some, have been used to describe Abbott’s recent trial (COAPT) to support MitraClip’s indication expansion to include functional mitral regurgitation.

The trial decisively demonstrated that transcatheter mitral valve repair using MitraClip reduced hospitalizations for heart failure by 47% and all-cause two-year mortality by 38% when compared to medical therapy alone in patients with heart failure and severe functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). When the principal investigator, Dr. Greg Stone, announced the results to a standing-room-only crowd at TCT 2018 last month, the data was met with spontaneous applause.


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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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The Apple Watch Wake-Up Call

Posted by Brian Chapman on September 20, 2018

By now, we’ve all heard the latest digital health news: Apple secured FDA clearance for its EKG app on the newest Apple Watch. The tech giants are coming! The end is near!


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Solving the Reimbursement Puzzle Can Unlock the Potential of Digital Health for Medtech Innovators

Posted by Vijesh Unnikrishnan on September 7, 2018

Raluca Cenusa co-wrote this blog post with Vijesh Unnikrishnan. It was originally published in In Vivo. 

Hardly a day seems to go by without a new healthcare startup raising money, jumping into the digital health market, and launching a new app or service. Innovation is rampant and willingness to invest is so high that the digital health market is projected to grow to $500 billion by 2025, according to Transparency Market Research’s 2017 Digital Health Market report.


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