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The Future of Medical Device

HLB Inc. recently released a compellation of comments from its designers, engineers, and researchers on the future of medical device. One prediction is the self-training of medical device. According to the firm, technologies will mimic those used in the Wii and iPhone. Avatars will be used to train doctors, surgeons, staff, and patients in the use and operation of medical devices. Company representatives will also use avatars to simulate the operation of medical equipment.

This will allow doctors and surgeons to determine if the purchase of a new piece of equipment makes sense. Another prediction is that companies will move a âEURoeGreenâEUR business model that emphasizes reduction of medical waste. This trend will promote development of smart technology that can enable sterilization of previously single-use equipment (syringes, catheters, IV tubes). The business model could further development of biodegradable body navigation devices. In addition, the company cited other trends, as follows:

  • Movement of medical device from hospital to home.
  • Creation of smaller, handheld and protable devices.
  • Development of home diagnostics using microelectromechanical safeguards to prevent misuse and inaccurate readings.
  • Development of diagnostics that make use of very small fluid samples.
  • Increasing use of wireless technology that eliminates the need for expensive cables.
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