Global Challenges and Trends in Rheumatology

Mar 24, 2017

Rheumatology is a field of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various musculoskeletal diseases. With the growing geriatric population, instances of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are on the rise. This spurs the need for more rheumatology centers and an increase in the global practice of rheumatology. People with RMDs experience severe joint pain, chronic pain, and increasing disability. The increase in the number of rheumatology centers can be attributed to the preference for early diagnosis and treatment of RMDs. At Infiniti Research, our team of experts engaged in a market opportunity assessment to identify and profile the top rheumatology centers across North America and Europe. We have listed top challenges that are stressing out the rheumatology field.

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  • Surpassing Insurance and Reimbursement Problems – Our market intelligence study shows that there are huge limitations in insurance coverage and their financial impact among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Arthritis as a preexisting condition proved to limit the ability to earn a living. Not just that, many patients have been denied insurance for the same reason and had a considerable financial impact.

  • Challenges Within Rheumatology Centers – A well-equipped rheumatology center offers people-centric care. Availability of such centers, affordability of the care offered and clinical services are a few of the many arising challenges in this field. Any disparity created only prevents the early diagnosis of RMDs and delays the whole process. To help the client identify some of the critical issues faced by investors in this market space, our experts created a master list of rheumatology centers that would serve as a market map for each country and act as a decision support tool to determine the marketability of their medical devices and services in each country.

  • Successful Early RA Diagnosis –Untreated RA has a greater chance of permanent joint disability. Early diagnosis and treatment for RA make all the difference. Rheumatologists today set specific goals and milestones to treat RA. Although experts realize the importance of early diagnosis, it’s also important to gather the right information during their first visit. Beyond treatment, there are great lifestyle changes that are suggested by rheumatologists. A balance of exercise and diet is the best thing to do if one’s diagnosed with early-stage RA.

At Infiniti Research, our industry experts – who have extensive experience in healthcare, medical devices, and pharmaceutical verticals across the globe, follow a two-step research methodology to help you make the right investment decisions to ameliorate ROIs. Our approach involves an analysis of the major rheumatology centers for each country under focus and an assessment of the major profiles for rheumatology centers.

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