The European Medical Technology industry in figures 2018.
There are more than 500,000 medical technologies currently available and they all share a common purpose: improving, extending and transforming people’s lives. Medical technology can be familiar, everyday products such as blood glucose meters, sticking plasters, syringes or latex gloves. Alternatively, it can also be pregnancy tests, spectacles, wheelchairs and hearing aids. Meanwhile, at the high-tech end of the scale, medical technology includes molecular diagnostics, total body scanners, ultrasounds, life-supporting machines, implantable devices such as heart valves and pacemakers, neurostimulators and replacement joints for knees and hips. The common thread through all applications of medical technology is the beneficial impact on health, quality of life and in society as a whole. Medical technologies contribute to living longer and better, and empower citizens to contribute to society for longer. In so doing, they improve the quality of care and the efficacy, efficiency and sustainability of healthcare systems.
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