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SmartTRAK's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022

By Thomas Wallick on 2/2/23 9:00 AM

As the COVID-19 epidemic waned and companies got back to business as usual, SmartTRAK continued to keep you informed of everything that transpired in the MedTech industry in 2022. Here are SmartTRAK's Top 10 blog posts of the past year that garnered the most attention from you and your colleagues, plus 4 bonus posts, because at SmartTRAK we always strive to deliver more than what's expected!

As the leading provider of real-time market data and analysis for the orthopedic, wound, regenerative medicine and neuro therapies markets, SmartTRAK is uniquely suited to make you the expert on all the latest developments. Our knowledgeable analysts covered a lot of ground, everything from breaking medical device event coverage to interviews with some of the industry's top thought leaders.

Medtronic: The Future of Neuromodulation in 2022 and Beyond
by Anne Staylor

Dave Anderson, Medtronic’s President Neuromodulation, and Charlie Covert, Vice President and General Manager of Pain Therapies, discuss the Company, the pandemic and the future of neuromodulation in a wide-ranging interview with SmartTRAK.

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Personalized Arthroplasty: The Future of Total Joint Surgery?

By Nick Fitzpatrick on 1/26/23 10:22 AM

SmartTRAK interviews Dr. Pascal-André Vendittoli to learn more about the Personalized Arthroplasty Society and this year’s annual meeting.

Dr. Vendittoli explains the difference between mechanical and kinematic alignment, what he looks for in total joint computer-assisted surgery systems and why he thinks personalized arthroplasty is the future of joint surgery. To find out more, listen to the SmartTRAK interview with Dr. Vendittoli in the video below (14:56 min). A link to download the transcript of the complete interview is also provided below.
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The Past, Present and Future of 3M Health Care

By Susan Paquette on 1/17/23 9:18 AM

With the recent announcement that 3M is spinning off its Health Care division, SmartTRAK looks back at the evolution of 3M Health Care, its businesses today, the entry into Advanced Wound Care (AWC) and potential new opportunities for the new Health Care business.

3M, a large, diversified company with annual sales of $35.4B in 2021 announced earlier this year plans to spin-off its Health Care business into a new public company. Today, 3M markets thousands of products through four business groups: Safety and Industrial, Transportation and Electronics, Health Care and Consumer. Post-spin-off, 3M will continue as a leading global material science innovator, while the new stand-alone business will seek to become a global diversified healthcare company focused on wound care, healthcare IT, oral care and biopharma filtration.

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Among the many topics covered in this fascinating article are:

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The Future of Skin Substitute Reimbursement: SAWC Fall 2022

By Gary Delhougne on 12/6/22 9:30 AM

The potential of US reimbursement changes to Skin Substitutes weighed heavily on companies at SAWC Fall, yet subsequently, CMS decided to delay finalizing its proposed changes.

The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Fall 2022 gathered for another year in Las Vegas. The exhibit hall was filled with most wound care manufacturers and though booth hours were short, the clinical attendees made the best of their time searching out the latest in wound care technologies.

In this articleSmartTRAK discusses:

  • Alternative Product Developments to the Skin Substitute Market 
  • Potential Impact of Proposed Reimbursement Changes
  • The Top Four Companies by Revenue 
  • CMS' Proposed Terminology Change from “Skin Substitute”
  • Packaging Skin Substitutes as “Incident to” Supplies
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Currency Movements Overshadow Underlying Business Growth in 2022

By Lennart Stadler on 11/22/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK looks at recent currency fluctuations and the impact on company performance and underlying growth in 2022

Ask CEOs what their top priority is and a vast majority will answer: “Grow top-line revenue.” Not only that, but they also want to grow faster than their peers, taking market shares. But how do you determine if one company is performing better than the other when company reporting includes varying currency rates and geographies? In this article, SmartTRAK discusses different types of financial reporting, compares the recent impact of currency movement on companies competing in the Advanced Wound Care (AWC) Market and reviews the best metric for assessing company performance and underlying growth across companies.

Among the many topics covered in detail in this fascinating article, which can be downloaded in its entirety here, are:

  • Financial Reporting: Comparing Apples to Apples
  • Currency Impact on Reported Growth
  • Q222 Growth Details for Key Wound Companies
  • Currency Impact per Quarter in % by Key Wound Companies
  • Currency Impact Over Time
  • Organic Growth Over Time
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Trends and Advancements in Trauma: OTA 2022

By Natasha Weeks on 11/14/22 11:34 AM

SmartTRAK highlights the latest trends and innovations at OTA 2022, with a focus on deformity correction and limb lengthening.

Our expert analysts focus in on the latest advancements, key trends and takeaways from the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA) meeting in Tampa, Florida held October 12–15, 2022. Major trauma manufacturers showcased innovation through new product introductions.

Stepping Outside of Internal Fixation

In the market for ring fixation devices, companies have been innovating beyond static frames and are developing dynamic, computer-assisted hexapod frames to treat bone fractures and deformity corrections. One of the challenges with hexapod frames is that they require manual strut adjustments, a process that is prone to patient and clinician error and can require up to 20 manual adjustments per day—a definite burden on the patient and caregiver ...

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Digital Solutions in the Wound Care Arena: An Interview w/ Sofia Heddson Fransén

By Anikó Szekér on 11/8/22 9:00 AM

Sofia Heddson Fransén, Essity’s Global Solution Owner, Intelligent Medical Solutions discusses the Company’s recent digital app launch as well as current and future trends in the digital field in an interview with SmartTRAK at SAWC Fall 2022.

Digital healthcare plays an increasingly important role in healthcare today. In the face of global concerns related to epidemics and pandemics, high costs and the effects of staff shortages, digital health-related technology continues to grow in importance and evolve. A broad scope of stakeholders are involved in the digital health field, including patients, practitioners, application developers and medical device manufacturers and distributors.

To find out more about Essity and the Company’s initiatives around digital solutions in wound care, click the video below to listen to the interview in which Sofia Heddson Fransén, Essity’s Global Solution Owner, Intelligent Medical Solutions, discusses the Company’s recent digital app launch and what the current and future trends in the digital field (05.33 min) are. A link to download the complete interview transcript is also provided below.

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Trends & Advancements in Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy: SmartTRAK at OSET 2022

By Andy Knapik on 10/17/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK highlights new products and company strategies for penetrating the ASC market at OSET 2022

The Orthopedic Summit Meeting (OSET) found itself in a new location and time this year as meeting organizers moved a long-time December meeting in Vegas to fall in Boston at the Encore Hotel and Casino. The overall mood of the meeting was positive and seemingly well attended, however, it seems that the change of venue and time of year may have negatively affected overall attendance versus past years. 

All the regular players from a company perspective were in attendance, some showcasing new products and others looking to demonstrate procedural prowess as everyone looks to strengthen their foothold on the hot ambulatory surgery center (ASC) market.   

New Product Introductions: Biologics-Backed Fixation Takes Center Stage

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The Future of Endoscopic Spine Surgery: An Interview with Choll Kim, MD, PhD

By Courtney Sheedy on 10/6/22 9:30 AM

Dr. Kim outlines his extensive experience in adopting endoscopic spine surgery and reflects on barriers to widespread adoption, including the learning curve and reimbursement challenges

Endoscopic and arthroscopic technology has been around for a number of years, aiding surgeons’ visualization to treat patients in much less invasive ways than were previously possible. Prior to the introduction and adoption of these types of technology, surgeons were faced with invasive, more traumatic procedures and sometimes limitations on visualization based on anatomy. Less invasive approaches have allowed patients to benefit from less risk, shorter hospital stays and, in many cases, quicker healing.

Endoscopic approaches to spine surgery have been taking place for 10+ years, but the market hasn’t experienced transformative growth. All the patient benefits align with relative adoption trends, so why haven’t we seen endoscopic spine surgery grow at a similar rate? What does the future look like in this segment? SmartTRAKsat down with minimally invasive spine surgery pioneer Choll Kim, MD, PhD to explore his thoughts on focusing his minimally invasive surgical practice around specific offering of endoscopic spinal techniques, what the pros and cons have been within the adoption curve of the technology and where he thinks the market is headed.

SmartTRAK's spine experts will be roaming the floor at NASS 2022, bringing our subscribers real-time news direct from the show. We'll also be on the show floor at booth #2341, ready to answer your questions, share insights on the latest news and innovations in the Spine Market and discuss how SmartTRAK can help you Be the Expert in your market.  If you would like to book a meeting with us at NASS, please click here.

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Pain Intervention: A Market of Moving Targets

By Shelly Caruso on 9/20/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK highlights key movements in the quickly changing landscape of interventional pain management and identifies practice trends surrounding SCS, PNS, minimally invasive spine and SI Joint Fusion from the recent ASPN and INS meetings.

Strong demand for alternatives to narcotic pain management combined with an aging population and growing incidence of chronic pain continue to drive demand for interventional pain techniques. The approach to the treatment of chronic intractable pain is evolving, with a shift toward data-focused treatment optimization, growing use of digital monitoring and holistic evaluation of patient outcomes. Furthermore, increasing overlap among various devices and therapies as well as unclear boundaries between interventional pain, orthopedic and spine practices is spurring physicians to adopt collaborative approaches to patient care.

Among the many timely topics covered in this comprehensive Market Outlook article "Pain Intervention: A Market of Moving Targets", which can be downloaded in its entirety here, are:

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