Medical Products Technology Roadmap

Medical Products Sector - 2015 iNEMI Roadmap

iNEMI, Date of Publication: Apr 7, 2015

Medical Products Technology Roadmap

The 2015 Roadmap was developed by five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs) and 19 Technology Working Groups (TWGs). The TWGs responded to the inputs and requirements outlined by representatives of OEMs in the five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). These groups included more than 500 direct participants from over 280 private corporations, consortia, government agencies, and universities in 20 countries

The 2015 iNEMI Medical Roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of technology in medical electronics sector, with an emphasis on identifying potentially disruptive events (business and technology). It provides the information needed to identify critical technology and infrastructure gaps, prioritize R&D needs to meet those gaps, and initiate activities that address industry needs.

Through its roadmaps, iNEMI charts future opportunities and challenges for the electronics manufacturing industry. These widely utilized roadmaps:

  • Help OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers prioritize investments in R&D
     and technology deployment

  • Influence the focus of university-based research

  • Provide guidance for government investment in emerging technologies

A constantly growing market of aging people with more sophisticated lifestyles and high expectations for a continued full life is providing an opportunity for the development of specialized medical systems.  Both advanced and simple electronics for assisted living (e.g., hearing, vision), monitoring, remote care, advanced diagnostics, chemical monitoring, and dispensing systems are being developed.

There are many different types of medical electronics systems, but the major products can be classified into three categories: large infrastructure equipment, small stationary and portable equipment, and implantables.
Large Infrastructure Medical Equipment includes products such as medical imaging systems (e.g., x-ray and MRI), IT equipment (e.g., picture archival communication systems [PACS]), and biochemical analysis equipment (e.g., lab instruments and DNA analyzers).  The significant trends in this segment are toward digital versus analog image capture, greater data processing capabilities, and increased processing speeds.

Small Stationary and Portable Medical Equipment includes products such as patient monitoring systems that are used to measure and monitor patients’ vital signs and other bodily functions.  The segment also includes home diagnostics products such as blood pressure and blood glucose meters.  Within the hospital environment, major trends include portability, miniaturization, and greater use of wireless and wired communications networks to transfer data and reprogram systems. 

Implantable Medical Equipment includes major therapy devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and the market is rapidly expanding beyond these systems.  Devices such as neurostimulators (e.g., for Parkinson’s disease) and drug pumps (e.g., for insulin release) are also being brought to market.  Increased reliability, greater functionality, and miniaturization are the main technical drivers in this segment.
The backdrop of medical insurance reform in the US market may have a chilling effect on this market in the long term.  However, it is too early to tell what the impact will ultimately be on medical electronics spending overall. 

Most medical electronics systems by value are produced in North America today. However, Asian countries, such as China and India, are the fastest growing markets for medical equipment, and leading medical electronics companies, such as Siemens, GE, and Philips, are increasing product design and assembly capabilities in these countries.

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Date of Publication:
Apr 7, 2015
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