If you traveled back in time several centuries, you would find little change in the treatment of sick and diseased individuals in society until the mid-19th century when hospitals were developed, beginning the organization of healthcare. Scientific medicine emerged after that and drove 20th century medical advances. After World War II, major social and political structures evolved in the healthcare field. And from around 1980 to now, much of the change in healthcare evolved from a clinically driven system to an economically driven system.
We are currently facing the next evolutionary change in healthcare and living through one of the most dynamic ages in the history of medicine. Through technology advancements, drug discoveries and new medical device inventions, as well as the ability to communicate worldwide and deliver medical care in all different settings, our generation will witness more change in healthcare within the next few years than all the generations that have come before us.
The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. Every medical device manufacturer should consider developing a strategy around how mobile connected health will affect their business models and how they will play in the evolution of the market. Major disruptions are occurring with new players, alliances and new business models. Consumer devices are entering the medical ecosystem with platforms such as tablets and smartphones running mobile applications and acting as new secondary mobile interfaces to the medical device.
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