Medical devices are an integral part of the healthcare industry as they play an important role right from diagnosis up to the end stage of any disease management. Medical technology is already capable of diagnosing, monitoring and treating every disease or condition that is affecting globally. Technology innovators have focused on reducing costs for patients as well as healthcare professionals. Increased life expectancy, aging population, high prevalence of chronic diseases and associated comorbidities has been a driving force behind the innovation associated with medical technology. The Global Medical Devices Nomenclature (GMDN) Agency determines the categories under which a particular medical device falls. Few of the categories includes active implantable technology, dental technology, hospital hardware, and in-vitro diagnostic technology.
Mergers & acquisitions have been a strategic maneuver for the manufacturers to stay competitive amongst cutthroat competition. For instance, Abbott Laboratories’ acquisition of St. Jude Medical was the biggest merger of the year 2016, which was completed in 2017. This acquisition added chronic pain management business to Abbott’s portfolio and other cardiovascular offerings. This acquisition has converted Abbott into a major player in the cardiovascular business. The total revenue of top 10 global medical device manufacturers for 2016 accounted for US$ 166.4 billion.
Outlook of top 10 organizations in the medical devices industry (2016)
Top 10 medical device manufacturers in 2016, according to the rank include
These rankings have been given according to the sales revenues for respective organizations for 2016 in global medical devices industry.
Global medical devices market is impacted by various factors from macro to microeconomic with respect to individual organizations. However, competition, and price pressure has led to integration of information technology in healthcare, continuous innovation, customer centricity, and change in distribution channel. Top technological trends such as revolution in diabetes care, 3D printing, medical robots, and engineered blood vessels, are among other notable trends are expected to affect the global medical devices market over the foreseeable future.
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