Datawatch Column


  • Trends in Drug Delivery

    Trends in Drug Delivery

    Drug delivery devices are a critical component in the distribution of healthcare. Ideally, drug delivery devices should be biocompatible, inert, inexpensive, safe from accidental release, easy to manufacture and sterilize, and mechanically strong. If…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 11.08.16

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    Trends in Medtech Solutions and Services

    Trends in Medtech Solutions and Services

    For those of us in the medtech space, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model1 (CJR) is a sneak preview of what CMS has in store for all of us. CMS has developed this model to provide improved and efficient care for Medicare beneficiaries…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 10.12.16

  • Personalized Cancer Care and Liquid Biopsy  for Breast Cancer Monitoring

    Personalized Cancer Care and Liquid Biopsy for Breast Cancer Monitoring

    It is the fear that strikes all women. Approximately one in eight American females will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.1 According to breastcancer.org, an estimated 247,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be d…
    Maria Shepherd , Medi-Vantage 07.20.16

  • Medtech Risk-Sharing, Services,  and the Volume-to-Value Paradigm Shift

    Medtech Risk-Sharing, Services, and the Volume-to-Value Paradigm Shift

    Big medical device manufacturers are highly motivated to discover new, innovative services that increase their value proposition globally to hospitals and healthcare providers. As more hospitals contract with fewer vendors, providing a high-value ser…
    Maria Shepherd, Medi-Vantage 05.06.16

  • Strategic Partnerships: Funding Source or Target for the Medtech Entrepreneur?

    Strategic Partnerships: Funding Source or Target for the Medtech Entrepreneur?

    Big medical device manufacturers are highly motivated to discover new, innovative products, platforms, and technologies to bring to market. At the 2015 Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) meeting in Boston, Mass., medtech strategic partners fro…
    Maria Shepherd , Medi-Vantage 04.06.16

  • Patient Engagement in Oncology Care: Impact on Specific Disease Incidence Rates

    Patient Engagement in Oncology Care: Impact on Specific Disease Incidence Rates

    According to the American Cancer Society, 565,000 people will die of cancer in 2015.1 According to a panel at the well-attended Partners HealthCare 12th Annual Connected Health Symposium, Oct. 29-30, 2015, in Boston, Mass., this number can be cut in…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 03.10.16

  • Macro Trends: What Influences Physician Decision Making?

    There are multiple factors that affect physician decision making. We all know that the changes in healthcare have affected the way medical devices are chosen in hospitals. Hospital purchasing best practices have improved and are conducted with a high…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 02.03.16

  • Diabetes: The Scourge Continues to Grow

    The statistics just keep getting worse. How can this be true in America? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million Americans have diabetes and one out of four has not yet been diagnosed.1 Another 86 million are p…
    Maria Shepherd , Data Decision Group 10.14.15

  • Cardiovascular | Materials | Tubing & Extrusion

    Recent Report Predicts Significant Opportunity for Bioabsorbable Scaffold Market

    According to London, United Kingdom-based research and consulting firm GlobalData, the worldwide market value for bioabsorbable scaffolds (BAS) will expand rapidly from $143.7 million in 2014 to just under $2.1 billion by 2021, driven primarily by ne…
    09.09.15

  • Advances in MRI: Keeping Up the Image

    New advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology have had a significant impact on clinical outcomes by providing improved image quality, rapid exam and—near and dear to the heart of hospital operations—improved productivity. MRI is a g…
    Maria Shepherd , Data Decision Group 07.29.15

  • Trends in Medtech Wearables

    The Affordable Care Act has brought great change to the healthcare industry, and indeed to the medical device sector, driving interventionalists and surgeons to reflect on how value-based care models will affect their practices. In a 2012 study, p…
    Maria Shepherd , Data Decision Group 06.02.15

  • Women’s Health: Choosing a Treatment for Menorrhagia?

    Heavy menstrual bleeding, called menorrhagia, is reported to afflict greater than 10 million American women annually.1 Reducing hospital costs and improving patient outcomes is a high-stakes challenge for all medical device manufacturers, so it is im…
    Maria Shepherd , Data Decision Group 05.06.15

  • Which to Choose: ERCP vs. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?

    While not for good reasons, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes are in the news. As such, now is a good time to examine GI endoscopy vs. laparoscopic procedures for the treatment of common bile duct stones (BDS), also called lithiasis. In the United Sta…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 04.08.15

  • The Ongoing Challenge of Managing Diabetic Eye Disease

    The field of ophthalmology continues to expand with exciting new treatments for patients with eye disease. At the Hawaiian Eye and Retina 2015 meetings, held Jan. 17-23 in Maui, Hawaii, 1,200 ophthalmologists, nurses, health professionals and adminis…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 03.11.15

  • Contract Manufacturing | Tubing & Extrusion

    The MassMEDIC Annual MedTech Showcase: A Funding Resource for Startups

    Industry advocacy and trade groups are important resources for companies of all sizes, especially the highly regulated medical technology industry. In New England, medical device companies should count the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Counci…
    Maria Shepherd , Data Decision Group 02.06.15

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    When Worlds Collide: Alignment of Hospitals, Physician Practices and Implications for the Medtec Ind

    Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine the changes occurring between physician practice and hospital operations in the United States. In the 20th century, with rare exception, U.S. hospitals and physicians operated as separate organiz…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 11.13.13

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    MassMEDIC Meeting Reveals Compelling Data, Part Two

    In-depth data on trends in the medtech sector often are difficult to find. Estimates of sales, market shares and product trends are a little bit easier, but context is key. The survey data below provides attitudes, opinions and best practices of the…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 09.10.13

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    MassMEDIC Meeting Reveals Compelling Data, Part One

    MassMEDIC Meeting Reveals Compelling Data, Part One

    It’s always important to have someone in your corner. Industry advocacy and trade groups are important resources for companies of all sizes, particularly in highly regulated industries such as the medical technology sector. Navigating the…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 06.14.13

  • Materials | R&D & Design | Testing
    An Industry That’s Got Teeth: A Look at the Dental Market

    An Industry That’s Got Teeth: A Look at the Dental Market

    What medical business has outperformed the S&P 500, the pharmaceutical, medtech and biotech industries in terms of stock market performance from 1Q09 to 1Q13? Which industry beats the medtech reimbursement paradigm, uses technologies familia…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 05.14.13

  • The ENT Business: Growth in a New Space

    The ENT Business: Growth in a New Space

      Although 2012 was a tough year for innovation, savvy medical technology companies invested in research and development in the ear, nose and throat (ENT) market, and saw opportunity in the underserved patient population that suff…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 05.01.13