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Patient-Centric Medicine Hits a Bump, and a New Direction for MDT.

This month's issue of Medical Design Technology focuses on patient-centric medicine, a trend that has captured a lot of attention at industry conferences and in stories appearing on our website and in our print publication. It seems that not a day goes by when a company unleashes an innovative technology that helps to proactively keep tabs on patient health, whether it be a wearable device, or an app that enables patients to monitor their daily medications and conditions.

As part of our coverage, we recently surveyed our readers again on the impact of patient-centric medicine, specifically examining the impact of data-driven medicine and outcome-oriented medicine. The survey's results, which you can read beginning on page 12, show some interesting contrasts to the earlier survey that appeared in our February 2018 issue.

Our February survey found 27 percent of the readers expecting near-term impact from data-driven medicine; this time around, 21 percent were. When probing behind the reasons for the tepid response to data-driven medicine, one problem was the lack of standards. A lower percentage of our readers, 12.2 percent rather than the previous 29.5 percent, say the organizations they work with have standards for data-driven medical applications.

Patient awareness of data-driven medicine also was found to be a limiting factor, with half of the respondents saying their patients are often unaware of data-driven medicine.

The medical profession has historically been slow to change its ways, and the fact that many companies are questioning the effectiveness of alternative medical practices is perhaps not surprising. The stakes are high, given concerns over escalating health care costs and overall state of the U.S. healthcare system.

But make no mistake, patient-centric medicine is here to stay. At a medical technology conference in Philadelphia in September, many long-time healthcare professionals in attendance were bullish on the future of patient-centric medicine, as improved technologies, better data, and better strategies will create more lucrative opportunities for healthcare companies. To them, creating better patient outcomes and improving patient health was most important, which will require greater coordination between health care providers and practitioners to make this happen.

In other news, 2019 will bring a transformation for Medical Design Technology and its sister brand, Surgical Products, as they combine audiences and topics to bring you a quarterly, digital-only magazine covering the best practices and strategies in implementing health care technology. We will focus on generating original in-depth content covering state-of-the-art research and development in key areas such as implantables, surgical and diagnostic medicine, X-ray and imaging technology, wearables, and patient and rehabilitation medicine.

Given the rapid transformation of health care technologies, we want to become a more authoritative source of information to help you make key design decisions to help your business grow and benefit your customers.

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Title Annotation:From the Editor's Desk
Author:Chin, Spencer
Publication:Medical Design Technology
Date:Nov 1, 2018
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