The pandemic has had a monumental impact on communities and healthcare systems globally.

Historically, we have known that a pandemic on this scale has been of high probability and severity. Governments and private organisations are looking into ways to mitigate these risks and to build more advanced early detection systems, whilst ensuring resource isn’t stripped away from essential day-to-day medical requirements.

Technology is continuously improving at an accelerated rate (albeit current electronic supply chain issues!), and there are emerging technological tools that may alleviate some of these strains to augment and improve our current systems. Design Engineer & Business Development Consultant, Will Morris has gathered some thoughts and insights into what he believes the trends for healthcare technology are for 2022+, and how the impact of the pandemic has been a catalyst for medical device innovation:

More Intelligent Devices:

  • Medical devices are going to gain greater ‘intelligence’ and the availability of ‘intelligent’ devices is set to increase resulting in a wealth of smarter, more capable devices.
  • There will be an increase in augmented devices that draw upon the existing awareness or knowledge of the user to augment this with data, analytics or trends.
  • Proactive healthcare vs reactive healthcare – preventing an illness or disease from advancing too significantly before it’s detected by a user/healthcare professional.
  • Smart filters to prevent data overload for healthcare professionals.

Improved Accessibility to Medical Devices:

  • Increased availability of domestic healthcare devices. The ability to use a medical device effectively and safely in a domestic setting can greatly improve a person’s quality of life.
  • As the market gets increasingly flooded with smarter, more effective devices, users will be able to proactively monitor their health for their individual needs.
  • The increase in availability of effective and safer devices empowers people to enjoy the best possible quality of life.
  • Increased rapid testing facilities at high population centres such as transportation links, entertainment venues, hospitals, educational centres, etc.

4 Trends Shaping The Medical Device Industry in 2022, more intelligent medical devices

Improved Eco Credentials of Medical Devices:

Increasing Circular Economy Initiatives through strategic partnerships:

These are just some of our thoughts and insights into what we believe the trends for healthcare technology are for 2022+, and how the impact of the pandemic has been a catalyst for medical device innovation. If you would like to discuss how Haughton Design could help accelerate and future proof your new product or medical device development, please get in touch.

Will Morris 5 August 2022

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Will graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Product Design. Prior to Haughton Design, Will worked for Renishaw, where he led the industrial design for the current and next generation metal Additive Manufacturing machines. Will has a strong interest in Design for Sustainability, and the Circular Economy, looking to reduce companies’ environmental impact and often teaches about design engineering at local STEM events. Outside of work, Will enjoys Formula 1, rugby and travelling with friends.

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