It’s that time again—from the current catalysts behind the hand and wrist market to material innovation in orthopedic implants, here’s what you missed in the Medical Device Industry during the month of February:
Advances in 3D printing technology and software are leading the way for better clinical and economical results through the use of patient-specific, pre-operative models. Individually-tailored implants and instruments are the next step to better outcomes.
Key focus areas were announced by the FDA for 2015, including CAPA+2 (Corrective and Preventative Actions), Unique Device Identification (UDI) implementation and pre-market/post-market controls enforcement.
In response to surgeons’ requests to advance patient outcomes through tissue sparing approaches, minimally invasive techniques are becoming increasingly popular in the hand and wrist market.
According to this “Voice of Industry” article, the future of orthopedic innovation belongs to materials. The way materials are manufactured, coated, treated, and how they enhance patient care will all be a major part of innovation outcomes.
More than 5,400 medical device professionals around the world were surveyed to gauge industry climate in 2015. A mostly positive outlook is reported, especially among US companies. Challenges still remain in areas of pricing, regulatory, and reimbursement.
Need more catching up? Read our January “What You Missed Last Month” post and stay tuned for next month’s edition.