Marion Webb has been writing about health care issues for nearly two decades as a full-time reporter and freelancer. As the senior business reporter for the San Diego Business Journal, Marion covered new medical innovations at San Diego’s top-ranking research institutions and the medical device and life sciences industry for nearly eight years. She’s also been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles County Medical Association’s Physician Magazine and Physicians News Network focusing on new technologies, practice management, reimbursement and other trendy issues relevant to physician practices and their ability to succeed. She remains fascinated by the ever-growing numbers of innovative products coming out of the medtech sector, from potentially life-saving devices to help treat patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to medical care to breakthrough technologies that benefit mankind. Marion earned her BA in communications from UC San Diego and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle in San Diego.
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Market Intel: Promising Data At ATS2018 Inflate Hopes For Endobronchial Valves And New Device-Based COPD Therapies
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a widespread, progressive lung disease for which pulmonologists in the US have had few new treatment options available outside the standard pharmacological therapies, lung rehabilitation and high-risk lung volume reduction surgery. Now emerging technologies, in particular, endobronchial valves, which aim to shrink hyperinflated lungs in severe emphysema patients, could soon become the first minimally invasive treatment option available in the US. New study results, presented at this year's annual American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego, helped built momentum among US-based clinicians to extend upon their therapeutic arsenal for patients for devices that have already been widely used in Europe. This article discusses study findings presented at ATS, including a new cost-comparison analysis for treating COPD patients at home using non-invasive ventilation and oxygen therapy. We'll also discuss the latest innovative technologies for COPD patients presented at ATS and provide insights from leading experts on factors they think will drive treatment options forward.
Smith & Nephew Publishes Meta-Analysis Suggesting PICO's Wound Therapy Reduces Surgical Site Infections
Smith & Nephew's meta-analysis of 16 peer-reviewed publications shows prophylactic application of the company's PICO Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System reduces surgical site infections by 58% and wound rupturing along the surgical incision by 26%, while cutting the average hospital stay by a half day.
The global infusion drug delivery market continues to be driven by the rising prevalence of chronic disease and associated obesity, coupled with a growing aging population. Technological advancements such as less invasive pumps, needlestick prevention features and miniaturization have also supported the growing demand, but obstacles such as safety and security issues remain. According to a new report by Meddevicetracker, the global market for infusion pumps and disposables will reach $9.9bn by 2022, a CAGR of 6.4% from 2017. This article takes an in-depth look at the overall infusion pumps market, and dives deeper into the three fastest-growing segments – insulin, enteral and disposable pumps – highlighting the key players and competitive landscape.
On this week’s podcast, Marion Webb reports on emerging exoskeleton technology to help patients recovering from spinal cord injuries or stroke, and Catherine Longworth reports on BioTrinity 2018 in London, a gathering of investors and medtech innovators.
When it comes to helping patients recover from spinal cord injuries and stroke, the use of exoskeletons – a robotic suit that supports a person's weight and helps them move their limbs – is gaining traction by physical therapists in rehabilitation centers and clinical settings. Several exoskeleton companies such as ReWalk, Ekso Bionics and Parker Hannifin are already marketing their own versions of these smart, robotic-assisted body suits in various countries worldwide. Despite facing significant barriers, such as high device cost and lack of reimbursement, recent advances in robotics, microelectronics, battery technologies and product designs are the driving forces behind the continuous innovation in this field. Companies hope the dramatic life-changing impact exoskeletons have today in helping the paralyzed will also have implications for other mobility-challenged individuals, including those living with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and the elderly.
SCAI2018: Innovation In Cardiovascular Interventions From The Cath Lab, Incubators, Robotic PCI, Digital Health
This year's annual meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions' Scientific Sessions is expected to draw nearly 2,000 interventional cardiologists worldwide to San Diego for the four-day meeting ending April 28. Among the highlights of scientific sessions was the all-new Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions and Technology Summit on April 25, hosted in partnership with Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI Israel), which focused on evolving technologies and strategies for innovations. This article rounds up the best Tweets posted by Medtech Insight attending #SAIC2018. It includes presentations on how to create true innovation at an incubator and at big companies like Edwards Lifesciences, new products on the market and US FDA evolution toward medical device evaluation.