In recent years, the medical device industry has been growing and adapting due to factors such as the raising geriatric population, the growing prevalence of chronic conditions, and the increase in complex surgical procedures. This industry must ensure that its factory performance can stay flexible enough to adapt any new regulatory requirements driven by healthcare standards organizations while generating continuous improvement in production.
Some of the emerging products which are transforming the medical device industry include wearable fitness technology, the Internet of Medical Things, medical robots, 3D printed objects, Genomic Medicine, computer vision and device connectivity.
The constant evolution of medical device regulations means that manufacturers should implement a data management strategy that provides a complete view of data to help with ongoing compliance and regulations. Embracing a new innovative solution will help medical device manufacturers benefit from well-defined processes to enable them to be more responsive, pave the way for more advances, and design for longer lifespans – all while reducing costs and ensuring optimum service quality and safety.
In addition, as the medical device industry progresses and becomes more digitized, this has created a pressing concern for the cybersecurity of medical devices. Data-driven decision making would be more impactful to inspections and the supply chain and enables manufacturers to be more responsive.