Orthopedic Progress

Costs reduction in supply chain management

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of orthopaedic medical devices are facing economic hard times. The major trends are lower reimbursements and higher regulatory pressure. In addition, OEMs face greater demand to improve devices and surgical procedures so that patients will recover more quickly and have shorter hospital stays. To deal with this, orthopaedic OEMs are rethinking Read more about Costs reduction in supply chain management[…]

Too Much Surgery

Are orthopaedic surgeons doing too much surgery? Many patients who visit an orthopaedic doctor’s office due to knee, hip or shoulder pain have been told something like, “When the pain gets bad enough, come in and we’ll do surgery,” implying that surgery is almost an automatic response to certain injuries or chronic joint problems. With Read more about Too Much Surgery[…]

Medical devices: some lessons learned for radical innovation

Technological managers are governing the Life Sciences, Medical devices, ICT and quite some other industries. When these managers were students, they were the smartest ones of their class, excellent in science, learning foreign languages, they don’t need anybody else. I know it so well, well, because I’m one of those. During scientific conferences we are Read more about Medical devices: some lessons learned for radical innovation[…]

Orthopaedic joint replacement surgeries on the rise

  Orthopaedic joint replacement surgeries on the rise. Big savings ahead? Half the patients now receiving knee replacements are younger than 65, and most are still working. An AAOS study found that there are lifetime societal savings of about $12 billion from the more than 600,000 total knee replacement surgeries performed each year in the Read more about Orthopaedic joint replacement surgeries on the rise[…]