MedTech Strategist Issue: Vol. 5, No. 15 - October 31, 2018


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Digital Health - “Ambulatory ECG Monitoring Enters a New, More Patient-Friendly Era: Digital Technologies Shake Up Arrhythmia Monitoring, Part 2”

Sidebar: CardiacSense: A New Watch Competitor in the Wings

By Mary Thompson, Executive Editor

The arrhythmia monitoring market is undergoing a digital health-driven transformation, and the implications for the wider medtech industry could be substantial. In Part 2 of this two-part article, we discuss the competitive landscape in arrhythmia monitoring, the unmet needs driving tech-enabled solutions, and what the future could hold for this space.



Medtech Innovators - “The Magic of Innovation: An Interview with Billy Cohn, MD”

By David Cassak, Co-Editor-in-Chief

A world-renowned cardiac surgeon, Billy Cohn has also been developing important new cardiovascular devices for several decades, earning a reputation as one of the leading physician entrepreneurs. Now, as head of J&J’s Center for Device Innovation, Cohn is expanding his influence and role in technology development, working on both his own creations as well as those of a host of promising start-ups.

Wearables - “Do Wearables Have a Medical Role in Orthopedics?”

By Wendy Diller, Senior Writer/Market Analyst

Wearable sensors are at the cutting edge of medicine, with lots of research ongoing in cardiovascular and neurological applications, but so far they are viewed in orthopedics largely as marketing ploys, at best. Some companies, like Consensus, are trying to change that.

Surgical Navigation - “Augmedics: Augmented Reality Offers Intuitive Surgical Navigation”

By Mary Stuart, Senior Writer/Market Analyst

Despite the widespread installation of surgical navigation systems across North America and Europe, 85% of surgeons don’t use them routinely, chiefly because they’re not easy to use. Augmedics aims to get more spine surgeons to use these systems with an augmented reality headset and processor that allows surgeons to look at the patient rather than a monitor across the room.

Otolaryngology - “OtoNexus Medical Technologies: Eliminating Uncertainty from Ear Exams”

By Colin Miller, Contributing Writer

Otitis media or middle ear infections affect tens of millions of children annually, but current otoscopy methods yield a 50% error rate in diagnosis when distinguishing virally caused OM from that caused by bacteria. OtoNexus Medical Technologies is offering an easy-to-use handheld device that can identify the presence and type of infection in the ear in seconds, matching clinician’s current steps, workflow, and standard of care.


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Companies Covered in this Issue:  Abbott Laboratories Inc.,  Aetna Inc., AliveCor Inc., Apple Inc., Applied Biomedical Systems BV, Augmedics Ltd.,  Boston Scientific Corp., BrainLab Inc., BTG PLC, CardiacSense, Consensus Orthopedics Inc., IBM Watson Healthcare, iRhythm Technologies Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic PLC, Merit Medical Systems, NVIDIA, OtoNexus Medical Technologies Inc., Plessey Semiconductors, Stryker Corp., Zenicor Medical Systems AB, Zimmer Biomet Inc.

Topics Covered in this Issue: Cardiovascular/Vascular; Diagnostics; Digital Health; Executive Interviews; Orthopedics/Spine; Patient Monitoring; Respiratory/ENT; Start-Ups; Surgery/Robotics