Major 2015 Trends in Medical Technology Likely to Continue in 2016

Published By : 30 Dec 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Medical technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years and this trend will continue in 2016 as well with increased investments, rising support from the government, surge in health care expenditure, and growing number of business alliances. 

One of the key trends that will continue in the coming year is the dominance of plastics in several medical applications. Plastics find myriad uses in the design as well as manufacture of medical devices. Polymers are in great demand owing to the continuous expansion of the market for antimicrobial materials and single use devices. Drug delivery utensils such as tubing, manifolds, clips, needles, bags, Y-sites, and connectors are mainly disposable and should possess excellent properties such as flexibility, sterilization resistance, tear and burst strength, extractable and non-leachable properties, lipid and/or chemical resistance, clarity and transparency, toughness, and softness. Compared to ceramics, metals, and glass, plastics are lightweight and have remarkable balance of stiffness, ductility, strength, toughness, and impact resistance. Several applications use plastics instead of glass or metal in order to leverage design flexibility, reduce costs, and maintain performance. The market for medical plastics will continue to grow as the demand for disposable medical devices increases. 

Another significant trend that will strengthen in the coming year is the fear of terrorists hacking into medical device software. In November 2015, the Mayo Clinic invited hackers and cyber security professionals to put the vulnerability of connected medical devices to the test. The result was humbling. One of the hackers-for-hire reportedly said that each day, a different medical device on the list was crushed and the whole situation was rather bad. The hackers could not dwell much on the different vulnerabilities that presented themselves in the medical devices and for a large part, the reason was that there were far too many problems: generic passwords that could not be changed, defenseless operating systems, and many others. While the probability of terrorists hacking into medical devices in the next year is rather slim, the truth is that sooner or later, hospitals will be hacked into and patients will suffer.

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