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The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare

By Nick Fitzpatrick on 5/3/22 9:00 AM

Jason Winkler, Sales VP of cybersecurity startup Device Authority, discusses the state of cybersecurity in healthcare in an interview with SmartTRAK.

In an interview with SmartTRAK, Device Authority VP of Sales (Americas) Jason Winkler discusses the state of cybersecurity in healthcare and medical devices.

To find out more, including the devices most vulnerable to cybersecurity threats and how medical device manufacturers should think about designing cybersecurity measures into their connected products, click on the following video to listen to the full interview (17:29 min). A link to download the complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Supply Chain and Inflationary Pressures Weigh on Wound Care Companies

By Gary Delhougne on 4/26/22 8:30 AM

Macroeconomic headwinds are projected to continue through the first half of 2022.

Supply chain headaches and inflationary pressures significantly impacted wound care companies in 2021. Though Advanced Wound Care revenue rebounded +11.5% in 2021 according to SmartTRAK’s Financial Dashboard, it was not without strong headwinds of higher input costs, logistical nightmares and labor shortages.

To understand how these macroeconomic trends affected wound care companies, SmartTRAK reviewed quarterly and fiscal year earnings reports from FY21 to see how various wound care companies reported the company-specific impact. From troubles sourcing materials to higher input costs and the need to raise prices, SmartTRAK uncovered a consistent trend of macroeconomic pressures affecting many global and regional wound care manufacturers.

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Topics: Wound Care
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SAWC Know Before You Go: Wound Care News and Updates

By Thomas Wallick on 4/4/22 10:46 AM

In just a few days, the first SAWC Spring meeting since the start of the pandemic is set to begin. SmartTRAK has been tracking all the developments in the Wound Care market as the world changes, including how the market has responded to unprecedented times, what new therapies and treatments are being produced and when things might return to a “new normal. The following is a small sampling of SmartTRAK’s Wound Care news updates from the past week to help get you ready for the conference and Be the Expert who makes a difference in the industry.
Our SmartTRAK analysts have been compiling, reviewing and posting daily breaking news and developments from the global Wound Care industry. If you’d like to discuss some of these insights, you can also meet up with us at SAWC. Even if you’re not attending, you can sign up for 30 days of Free SmartTRAK Updates and a 15-minute Crash Course.

New Products:

  • Cardinal Health* 

    Cardinal Health announced the launch of the first surgical incise drape using Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG). The drape features Avery Dennison's patented BeneHold CHG adhesive technology, which helps reduce the risk of surgical site contamination w/ organisms associated w/ SSIs.

  • Coloplast is gradually launching Alprep Pad in select markets. Now available in the UK, Australia and New Zeeland. Alprep Pad is a foam for mechanical cleansing and debridement of wounds.

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The Future is Today in Remote Patient Monitoring: An Interview with Scott Laster

By Gary Delhougne on 3/28/22 9:30 AM

Scott Laster, CEO and co-founder of MiCare Path, discusses the present and future of monitoring patients between office visits in an interview with SmartTRAK

Scott Laster is the CEO and co-founder of MiCare Path, a leading platform to connect patients with their providers between visits. Scott is a medical device industry veteran with 15+ years of experience in the trenches launching products and supporting clinicians. In this interview with SmartTRAK, Scott shares his thoughts on the benefits of monitoring patients between office visits, the evolution of reimbursement of remote monitoring and where MiCare Path is going in the future.

To find out more, including Scott’s take on how MiCare Path benefits orthopedic and wound care patients and clinicians, click on the following video recorded live via Google Meet (17:04 min). Specific interview topics by timecode are outlined below. To download a complete transcript of the interview, click here.

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2022 Outlook for US Breast Matrices: Recent Trends and Future Impact

By Doug Devens on 3/15/22 8:00 AM

SmartTRAK examines recent trends in breast implants and discusses their future impact on breast matrices.

Breast matrices, whether acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) or biosynthetics, have enabled improved outcomes in implant-based breast reconstruction and have contributed, in large part, to the revival of the prepectoral breast reconstruction technique. As the number of breast implant procedures has grown, so has the use of breast matrices. However, SmartTRAK believes the side effects and health consequences now associated with breast implants, while rare, will negatively impact breast implant usage and thus reduce the growth rate of breast matrices in 2022 and beyond.

In this informative Outlook article by Doug Devens, SmartTRAK's Product Director and Senior Editor, Wound, Doug covers:

  • The Relationship between Breast Surgery and ADM Usage
  • Trends in Implant Usage
  • Recent Concerns that May Affect Breast Implant Usage
  • The Future Outlook for 2022 and Beyond
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What's New in Wound Care Reimbursement 2022: An Interview w/ Kathleen Schaum

By Gary Delhougne on 3/4/22 11:36 AM

Kathleen “Kathy” Schaum, President of Kathleen D. Schaum & Associates, discusses her thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on wound care and reimbursement.

Kathy is a “go-to” provider of wound care reimbursement information, education and strategy to manufacturers and providers. In this interview with SmartTRAK, Kathy shares her thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery and reimbursement of wound care and the advancements in remote monitoring, diagnostics and sensors. To find out more, including Kathy’s take on skin substitute/CTP trends, click on the following video recorded live via Google Meet (25:13 min). Specific interview topics by time code are outlined below. A link to the complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Q421 Market Recap: US Surgical Matrices

By Doug Devens on 3/3/22 12:55 PM

Procedures using surgical matrices continued their recovery and companies have resumed investing, with revenues surpassing their Q419 levels. 

As the pandemic wanes and procedures are again being scheduled, the US Surgical Matrices market grew strongly in Q421, gaining +12.7% YoY according to the SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. AbbVie continued to lead the Surgical Matrices market, with Becton Dickinson also growing well ...

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q421 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Current and Emerging Trends in Hernia Outcomes Research

By Doug Devens on 2/11/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK highlights current and emerging trends in hernia outcomes research presented at the European Hernia Society – Americas Hernia Society Joint Congress held in Copenhagen.

by Doug Devens - Sr Analyst, Biosurgery, IT Product Director

Changes in hernia regulations and evolving views on how to study the performance of hernia matrices have fueled a growing interest among hernia researchers in using different methods and data sources to measure outcomes associated with these devices. In this article, SmartTRAK highlights current and emerging trends in hernia outcomes research presented at the European Hernia Society – Americas Hernia Society Joint Congress (Hernia2021), in Copenhagen, including the increasing use of registries and their relative advantages and disadvantages compared to the gold standard randomized controlled trial (RCT). ­

Topics: Wound Care
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SmartTRAK’s 2022 Outlook for the US Skin Substitute/CTP Market

By Gary Delhougne on 2/8/22 9:30 AM

From Site of Care Migration to the Impact of Reimbursement Changes SmartTRAK evaluates market trends to watch for in 2022.
by Gary Delhougne, GM Wound

The Skin Substitute/CTP (Cellular and/or Tissue-based Products) market is undergoing significant growth and change. Reimbursement motives, COVID-19 and clinician site of care decisions had a profound impact on the market in 2020 and 2021. The growth outlook for 2022 remains strong as providers and industry adapt to unique market conditions.

SmartTRAK estimates the 5-year CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 2025 for Skin Substitutes/CTP products to be in the mid to high single digits. In 2020, industry revenue surpassed $1B and SmartTRAK expects the market to pass $1.5B by 2025.

To better understand the impact of site of care changes, SmartTRAK launched a new subscription module specifically covering site of care changes occurring in the Skin Substitute/CTP market. It’s SmartTRAK’s fastest-growing new product offering and you can learn more by clicking here.

As SmartTRAK looks to 2022, we see three trends to consider for the Skin Substitute/CTP market –

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ConvaTec Acquires Triad Life Sciences, Cites SmartTRAK in Press Release

By Thomas Wallick on 2/1/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK, the leading source of competitive intelligence used by the top ten global orthopedic wound care companies, was once again cited as a trusted source, this time in ConvaTec's press release "Entry into the attractive wound biologics segment through the acquisition of Triad Life Sciences Inc" published January 28th.

ConvaTec, in the press release, stated that it was " ...

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