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Making Sound Investment and Commercial Decisions in the Volatile Medical Devices Market Using Competitive Intelligence Solution

Medical Devices Market Overview

The medical devices market has grown promisingly over the last five years and our experts predict that it will continue to move forward at a substantial pace in the years to come. Growing prevalence of chronic diseases, rising geriatric population, and growing surgical procedures are driving the medical devices market growth. Besides, technological advancements and growing demand for innovative therapies are other factors propelling the growth of the medical devices market. However, the rising costs of medical devices and evolving healthcare regulations are expected to restrain the medical devices industry growth. To counter these rising challenges, major medical device market players are in the need to reduce costs and enhance quality, while maintaining profitability.

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Business Challenges

The client, a medical device services provider in Canada, that offered advanced CT scanners and diagnostic ECG machinery faced growing threats from competitors in both product development and go-to-market activities. Also, the medical devices market client faced difficulties in anticipating competitors’ activities, understanding past market disruptions, and planning for future market opportunities and disruptions. Besides, the medical devices market client was unable to assess the effectiveness of competitors market positioning.

Moreover, rapid technological advancements and low barriers to entry made it easier for new medical devices companies to enter the Canadian market. As a result, the client witnessed a huge decline in its revenue. The medical devices market client, therefore, approached the experts at Infiniti Research to leverage their expertise in offering competitive intelligence solution.

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Our Integrated Approach

With competitive intelligence study, the experts at Infiniti Research were able to uncover the key strategies of relevant competitors, pricing tactics, relevant strategic partnerships, product sales strategy, and product development challenges.

Besides, a company profiling and analysis was conducted to gather comprehensive insights into the top medical equipment companies in Canada. Factors such as competitors’ investments, business models, end-customers, and strengths and weaknesses were taken into consideration.

Also, by conducting customer intelligence study, we provided actionable insights to the client relating to the key criteria that drove medical devices vendor selection, how customers viewed various vendors and, other components of their purchase decisions.

Results Obtained

With Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solution, the medical devices market client acquired a baseline understanding of the competitive landscape and established an ongoing intelligence operation affording greater strategic agility in the face of rapid innovation.

Also, they were able to identify technologies and processes leveraged by their competitors to tackle security and operational risks in the industry. Our experts also helped the client to identify the top medical devices outsourcing companies to help them at the time of immediate requirements. The medical devices company was able to meet their immediate priorities and attain faster time to market. This helped them to reduce operational cost by 23%.

Besides, the medical devices market client was able to understand their competitors’ investment into R&D and new technologies. By gathering comprehensive insights into the market and their competitors’ strategies, they were able to revamp their processes and efficiently tackle the industry challenges. Competitive intelligence, combined with our industry insights, positioned the medical devices market client to make more fully informed investment and commercial decisions in a fast-moving market.

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Weighing the Challenges and Benefits of Medical Device Outsourcing

Owing to constant cost pressures coupled with rising expectations to reduce time to market, medical device manufacturers are increasingly engaging in outsourcing their device manufacturing and assembly in full or partially. This creates room for medical device companies to focus more on their core competencies and also capitalize on opportunities for cost reduction and speed to market. But are these the only factors that companies must consider before committing to a medical device outsourcing partner? Experts at Infiniti Research believe that there is much more to evaluate and measure when it comes to medical device outsourcing, especially in terms of adhering to the required quality standards. From the common pitfalls to assessing an outsourcing partners’ vertical integration capabilities, this article encapsulates the core benefits and the many factors to consider before engaging in medical device outsourcing.

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Capitalize on resources

Medical device outsourcing facilitates OEMs to take advantage of the third-party resources without having to source and store them locally or train personnel. This will ultimately result in more cost-effective production. Countries including Taiwan, China, and Korea are top medical device manufacturers. Therefore, it is more viable for a US medical device company to outsource production operation entirely overseas rather than bringing in equipment to manufacture medical devices, both in terms of cost and maintaining quality standards.  

Focus on core activities

Relying on medical device outsourcing companies gives the opportunity to give more attention to other core activities such as R&D of new medical devices and marketing and promotion of existing products. By doing so, medical device companies can also eliminate challenges relating to recruiting and training new employees in the manufacturing process.

Better cost savings and service delivery

Improved cost savings and service delivery are the key features that have fueled the growth of the medical device outsourcing market over the last couple of years. By outsourcing to manufacturers who are solely focused on production, MedTech companies can ensure that their delivery schedules are met without having to worry about resource (human and materials) related issues.

This is just one side of the coin of medical device outsourcing. Let’s delve into some of the key challenges that companies face in the process of outsourcing.

Challenges of Medical device outsourcing

Data and information security

One of the most pressing challenges in outsourcing medical device manufacturing is the threat of loss of private information. In the medical device outsourcing process, it is vital to share technical proprietary information with the manufacturer, increasing the chances of losing private information. This adversity of such risks is more in the case of information being shared with manufacturers in international locations.

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Reimbursement policies

The incessant pressure on medical device companies to reduce the product pricing coupled with cost reduction measures taken several market players are hampering the medical device market. Although there is a protuberant increase in healthcare expenditure, many healthcare providers are still reluctant to reimburse medical devices. If this situation prevails, it could affect the medical device outsourcing market at large.

Delay in contractual obligations 

Another major challenge faced by MedTech companies while outsourcing is the delay by manufacturers in meeting contractual obligations. As in most cases, medical device outsourcing is done with manufacturers overseas, there may be several communications gaps and challenges to getting work done faster within the expected time frame. Also, quality check in case of materials used and production process becomes difficult to monitor.

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Gaining Ground in China’s Medical Device Market

The developments in China’s medical device market is taking place at a breakneck speed. This makes the Chinese medical device sector a highly lucrative market that top medical device companies cannot afford to ignore. The medical device market in the region consists of several tiers, ranging from high-end to mass-market equipment. High-end equipment consists of the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies, which are usually contained only in imported products, while mass-market equipment incorporates older technology used for basic screening and treatment. The ongoing healthcare reform in China is expected to reform and reshape the market in fundamental ways. The medical device industry will largely be dominated by three significant changes over the next couple of years. This includes:

  • Rising importance of the midmarket
  • Growth of local companies
  • Revamping ways in which medical device products are sold

Although these changes will create huge opportunities for medical device companies, they also come with a set of challenges that could affect both MNCs and local players in the medical device market. In order to thrive, international medical device manufacturers must defend their leadership position at the premium end of the market against stronger local rivals while expanding their reach in the fast-growing midmarket. On the other hand, local companies in China’s medical device market must focus on developing the products, skills, and talent required to succeed at the upper end of the midmarket and some premium segments as well.

In this article, our healthcare industry experts reveal some key strategies to survive in China’s medical device market.

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Strategies for MNCs’ in China’s medical device market

Focus more on midmarket

To be in head to head competition with local medical device companies, it is vital for MNCs’ to capture share in the midmarket. To achieve this, companies must start by developing a mid-market portfolio that meets the demands of patients and healthcare providers in China. They can choose to opt for an organic new product development, joint ventures, or acquisitions. Furthermore, building a go-to-market model that is not only sufficient but is also highly efficient can also prove to be helpful. Making changes to the go-to-market model, manufacturing, and sourcing, with a focus to lower costs is paramount for winning in the midmarket.

Stronger skills and strategies in government affairs

Although some top medical device companies have established strong relationships with central and local government agencies in China, it is not so across the board. Stronger skills sets and well-defined strategies in government affairs is paramount to shape regulatory policies on product registration, pricing, and compliance.

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Strategies for local companies in China’s medical device market

Make strategic investments

Companies in China’s local medical device market that want to establish their position in the middle and premium ends of the market must upgrade the quality of their existing products and emphasize on developing new and innovative offerings. Local players can also consider partnering with R&D centers or setting up joint ventures with MNCs’ in the medical device industry to gain access to advanced technologies.

Enhance skills and processes

Venturing into the premium products market will require local medical device companies to have a more sophisticated sales and marketing operation than the existing ones in place. The excessive reliance on distributors in many cases must be reduced, instead, direct relationships can be built with key accounts through their own salesforce.

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Navigating Through the Present and Future of Medical Device Industry: In Conversation with an Infiniti Research Thought Leader

Abhishek Kumar, Manager – Custom Research (Market and Competitive Intelligence) at Infiniti Research has over 7+ years of cumulative experience. He is a thought leader in strategy consulting, market intelligence, and competitive insights. He has extensively worked with Infiniti’s clients in the healthcare and medical devices domain, specifically on topics relating to market entry, market potential, and emerging opportunities assessment. 

The medical device industry is characterized by its heterogeneous, innovative, and dynamic nature. As digital technologies are majorly transforming the healthcare sector, a revolution is underway to disrupt the future of medical device industry. However, introducing a new medical device technology in the market can be highly complex, requiring a clear understanding of premarket preparation and approval to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Furthermore, with the advent of various micro and macro medical device industry trends including enhanced buying power of payers or providers, complex regulatory scrutiny, and the introduction of new healthcare delivery models, medical device manufacturers are now struggling to develop effective market entry strategies. The key to dealing with the dynamism of the medical device industry and thrive in the future of medical device industry is to become agile innovators.

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What are the market dynamics affecting the medical devices marketplace?

Abhishek: Several market dynamics affect the performance of companies in the medical device industry. Let me list out a few, which according to me, have the biggest impact on companies in the sector. The level of scrutiny in regulations is seen to be increasing with each passing year. This often restricts the full flight of medical device companies. Also, emerging delivery models or business models introduced by competitors make the marketplace even more complex. For companies in the medical device industry, changing patient preferences and the emergence of new markets can undoubtedly create attractive opportunities, but they give birth to new market challenges. The future of companies in the medical device industry will largely depend on their ability to engage in constant innovations.

Although these dynamics often differ from one segment to another, collectively they lay the foundation of every medical device company’s strategy. It’s a no-brainer that every healthcare company needs to be on top of these developments so that they can better participate in this ever-changing market space. However, in my opinion, the biggest challenge is that it is not particularly easy to control or even respond to most of these factors that I have just mentioned. At a macro level, it appears that new product development is the most common response across companies and regions to deal with the market changes. No wonder R&D and new product development are top strategic priorities for most companies. Although innovations have made the medical space interesting, it has also made it extremely crowded. Several technologies are now being touted as the next best thing to hit the market and make it big in the future of medical device industry, but we will have to wait and see which of them will hit the mark.

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Is it important for medical device manufacturers to track emerging technologies?

Abhishek: Absolutely. I think it is vital for forward-thinking medical device companies to keep a keen watch on the developments in the sector. Tracking new or emerging technologies can aid in decision-making relating to organic expansion of existing markets, opening up of new markets, and can even help you identify M&A opportunities. Sometimes, promoters of smaller companies are often looking for cash outs because they lack the setup needed for blockbuster success. On the other hand, sometimes large companies own important innovations but in the areas that are not really important for them. Competitors are often on the hunt to grab such opportunities and the first mover wins. So, it is important to keep track of emerging technologies in the medical devices industry. It is also a fantastic way to identify adjacent categories in the market where you can operate and even supplement the current product lines. Moreover, analyzing emerging technologies can open up a completely new market where you are not present right now.

Many companies in the medical device industry rely heavily on market research reports to study an innovative technology in the market. How reliable is it as a source of data and decision-making?

Abhishek: As rightly pointed out, most companies tend to rely on published information, market research reports or internal market intelligence data to gather information on new products or technologies in the medical device industry.

There is nothing wrong in this approach, but mostly, the information attained through these sources can prove to be insufficient and misleading. Often published resources are voiced out to what the technology owner chooses to publish outside mandatory filing. Here, the information is often scattered in bits and pieces and insufficient to deliver a complete picture. Furthermore, this data often fails to provide a country level data distillation. A common misconception is that market research reports cover all the info relating to most of the tech innovations but if u dig slightly deeper, it appears that quality of data is sometimes questionable. As we are part of the market research industry, we are aware that a lot of these reports are an outcome of market models that aim to cover several things at the same time.

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webinar (2)In that case, what is the best way to study the market for a new technology in the medical device industry?

Abhishek: When starting the study of the market for an innovative technology that has the potential to disrupt the future of the medical device industry, the very first step should be to understand the lifecycle stage of the technology. It could be a very new technology that has been just been commercialized, or a more mature but recent technology which off late has started seeing some tailwinds. This categorization is important to plan the analysis, methodology, and information sources. It also helps understand the different variables that need to be studied, the kind of questions that need to be answered, and several more other areas. In the case of a new product that has only been partially commercialized, real data that has been reported in public or private domains must be collected. This data can be in the form of patient/disease data from public registries, data from physicians’ practices, or even microdata published by global health ministries. Inputs from MedTech companies can also be collected to get supply-side information.

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How Medical Device Manufacturers Can Improve Product Quality

The medical device industry continues to innovate aggressively and record stronger growth with each passing year. The key growth enablers for medical device manufacturers include the underlying demographics and the innovation and expansion in clinical applications of medical devices. Against this backdrop, it has become more important than ever before for medical device manufacturers to ensure improved quality in the design, manufacture, and distribution of devices. Furthermore, the rising regulatory compliance requirements imposed by FDA is further putting pressure of companies in the medical device market to prevent themselves from the risks of non-compliance.

Why quality compliance is paramount for medical device manufacturers

As a single error caused by a medical device can have severe consequences not only for the patient but also for stakeholders of the medical device company. One major quality related issue can significantly reduce the share price of medical device manufacturers. As most medical device manufacturers are aware of this risk, they give increased emphasis on quality.

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How to ensure medical device quality

Some recent high-profile device failures have led to major product recalls that are costly and impact significantly patient care. To avoid such mishaps medical device manufacturers can undertake some of the following strategies to ensure and maintain medical device quality:

Quality assurance through regulations

Since there is increasing focus being given to value-based patient care, regulatory bodies have tightened the compliance requirements to increase transparency and ensure medical device quality and efficacy. There is also intensified compliance requirements for post-market surveillance, device submissions, quality systems, cyber security directives. With such stricter norms and greater emphasis being given to patient safety, medical device manufacturers must establish processes to achieve compliance through device identification, clinical data collation, and labeling improvements. Using a unique device identification (UDI) system backed by a centralized database will promote the traceability of each device and in turn maintain quality standards.

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Creating culture of quality in the organization

Quality begins with every employee in a medical device company and includes every process and procedure ranging from development to delivery. This involves implementing robust quality standard processes across the business. By Improving quality across operations and establishing a comprehensive control mechanism, encompassing people, process, product, and assets, medical device manufacturers can cultivate a culture of quality.

Embracing quality management best practices

The need to curtail losses due to device failure and to comply with government mandates, medical device manufacturers must give more focus on quality management. The help of innovative technologies can be used to develop high-quality products. This includes additive manufacturing for producing customized implants, lasers to facilitate precision manufacturing, micro molding of silicone to manufacture accurate minimally-invasive surgical devices, and low-friction fluoropolymer coatings to efficiently lubricate the guide wire that is used in cardio-vascular surgeries. Furthermore, a risk-based approach would be more effective in ensuring design and manufacturing accuracy for life-critical machines. For instance, in blood line tubing, higher control over cooling water temperatures after extrusion is required compared to PVC tubing to reduced low microscopic defects.

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5 Challenges Faced by Medical Device Companies in 2018

Over the past couple of years, FDA-regulated industries such as the medical devices industry have witnessed a myriad of changes. The advent of value-based reimbursement models and accountable care has resulted in a seismic shift in the way top medical device companies operate. In the wake of this new era, focusing on data and the value of medical devices will notAsk An Analyst be enough to boost ROI. This has forced medical device companies to look for new avenues to boost revenues and profitability.  Today, buyers expect medical device companies to offer solutions that bundle device, data, and analytics for improved decision making. And with the shift towards value-based care, medical device companies must offer solutions that can deliver actionable insights for use in existing electronic medical record systems. Our analysis of the global market landscape shows that the medical device companies are facing challenges in terms of:

  1. Adapting to the shift towards value-based models
  2. Maintaining profit margins with products that elude commoditization

Meeting such challenges can be made simple if medical companies leverage an interoperability platform to devise solutions with excellent data integration and aggregation capabilities. Apart from the challenges mentioned above, here are some of the other challenges faced by top medical device companies.

  • Increasing standards and overheads

Recently, there has been a drastic increase in the number of medical devices that are being manufactured and sent for approvals to the FDA. Studies indicate that the time taken for processing has increased by more than 55% in a span of five years. This poses a major challenge for medical device companies who are looking to outperform their competitors by launching more innovative products in the market.

  • Complexity of new medical devices

To stay on top of the competition, top medical device companies have started manufacturing products that are more complex and integrated when compared to their predecessors. This increase in the complexity results in a rise in the cost of field service and repair processes. Another point to note here is the fact that due to the increasing complexity of devices, the cost of training field service specialists and engineers has doubled.Ask An Analyst

  • Meeting customers’ expectations

Today, people all around the globe have access to the Internet and smartphones. Customers, therefore, have numerous choices and demand more from medical device companies, especially in terms of implementing more aggressive SLAs. The end-users of medical devices are also demanding more from their reduced capital and are now asking for better incentives.

  • Shift towards home-based care

With the growing popularity of home health care services and POC tests, medical device companies have had to migrate towards the production of home-based health kits. This threatens to reduce the spend on capital programs for developing new lab equipment.

  • Reimbursement reductions and rising competition

The implementation of new schemes to reduce reimbursements for medical assays by insurers is reducing manufacturers’ ability to fund capital for their new devices. In addition, high competition from emerging companies, such as start-ups, will reduce the profit margins of top medical device companies and erode customer loyalty.


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Leading Medical Devices Companies in the World

The medical devices industry is one of the most regulated and profitable sectors in the world. Growth in the emerging markets coupled with rising revenues at hospitals offer numerous growth prospects for medical devices companies. Due to the mounting competition in the industry, several medical devices companies are continually undertaking R&D activities to maintain a competitive edge. Players in the medical devises space are also working tirelessly towards developing innovative healthcare solutions to fight against the world’s most prevalent diseases, injuries, and disability. Listed below are the top medical devices companies that are leading the way for innovation and profitability in the industry:IR_Brochure

Medtronic

Medtronic tops the list of the leading medical devices manufacturers in the world. Founded in the year 1949 and incorporated as Minnesota corporation in 1957, Medtronic serves Physicians, clinics, hospitals, and patients in over 140 countries around the world. The company specializes in patient monitoring market, diabetes management systems, and general surgery devices to name a few.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a massive combination healthcare company that deals with consumer, medical, and pharmaceutical divisions. This group is the second largest of the medical devices companies in the world and has been a popular household name across the globe for several decades. They provide products for various medical departments such as cardiovascular, orthopedic, diabetes care, vision care, etc.

Siemens Healthineers

Siemens Healthineers is a popular medical devices company headquartered in Erlangen, Germany. They produce and market a wide range of medical devices such as radiation therapy equipment, respiratory machines, patient monitoring systems, and imaging system. In the year 2016, the company rebranded themselves from  Siemens Healthcare to Siemens Healthineers. Siemens is one of the largest suppliers of medical devices in the list of the leading global medical devises companies.

Danaher Corporation

Headquartered in Washington DC, Danaher is a leading medical technology provider that offers products for dental, life sciences, diagnostics and environmental and applied solutions. The life sciences and diagnostics divisions combined account for about 62% of the company’s sales.

Stryker

During the initial days of its establishment, Stryker was focused on developing orthopedic devices such as cast cutters and mobile hospital beds.Over the years, Stryker has expanded into other sectors such as medical and surgical, neurotechnology, and spine. The company has marked their presence in several parts of the world such as  Switzerland, Singapore, England, Norway, Spain, etc. to name a few. Though Stryker deals in a variety of medical devices, they specialize in intramedullary nail group and hip fixation devices.

GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare is headquartered in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom and is one of the most popular medical devices companies in the world. The company markets imaging equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, X-ray, molecular imaging technologies, nuclear imaging, and computed tomography (CT), etc. The company is one of the pioneering medical devices companies across the globe that specializes in producing clinical equipment and cardiology diagnostic equipment such as patient monitors and ventilators.


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