This year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards finalists were focused on tending to users’ needs.

April 1, 2013

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Medical Design Excellence Awards 2013: Finalists Focus on Patients

Each year the Medical Design Excellence Awards program receives submissions from medical device manufacturers across the globe. These innovative products compete for bronze, silver, and gold awards in their respective categories, as well as best-in-show honors. The 2013 awardees won’t be announced until June 19 at MD&M East, but there’s already one clear winner in this year’s competition: the user. 

“A huge theme last year was cost reduction,” says Stephen B. Wilcox, an MDEA juror and principal at Design Science who will also speak at the upcoming MD&M East conference in Philadelphia. “This year that more or less went away.”

With less emphasis on penny pinching, device makers got back to what has been their traditional focus: solving the problems experienced by patients and providers.

If the MDEA finalists are any indication, the device industry is likely to continue to see a trend toward more personalization of healthcare devices. As patients increasingly become the industry's consumers, designing and manufacturing devices that cater specificially to their needs will become paramount for companies looking to innovate and establish or maintain a foothold in the market. 

Finalist Products Enhance Efficiency

Finalist Products Refine Technology

Finalist Products Put Patients’ Needs First

Finalist Products Target Niche Markets

Jamie Hartford is MD+DI's managing editor. 

The 2013 MDEA winners will be announced at June 19 at MD&M East

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