SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Send us your Comments

Never Miss a Story

Sign up for email alerts

 

More Industry Headlines

New imaging method may detect cancer earlier Will shortwave infrared be a bright spot?

Siemens AAMI 2014 CMS debate video released See a video of the debate on CMS's imaging equipment maintenance edict from December 2013

Technology uses extremely cold temperatures to treat breast cancer Multi-center trial enrolls first patients

Samsung's tablet ultrasound can diagnose patients en route to hospital The technology can prove crucial when seconds matter

Ultrasound-powered chip monitors diseases and delivers therapies May be able to study nervous system and treat Parkinson's symptoms

Celgene invests in Sequenta's MRD test Test will participate in trials to create blood cancer medicine

AFT calls for improved Ebola hospital protocols Meanwhile, 43 people in Texas are removed from Ebola watch list

Americans with insurance still not going to doctor Will making cost and quality information transparent be the solution?

Mass. health care cost transparency law underperforming Pricing still murky after transparency law introduced

FDA approves Siemens' ultrasound with true volume 3-D TEE probe The system offers real-time blood flow and valve measurements in seconds

WHO outlines global
medical technology needs

WHO provides insights into global medical technology needs

by Barbara Kram , Editor
What are the world's most important and promising health technologies? To answer the question, look no further than the World Health Organization's call for innovative technologies to address global health concerns.

In 2007, WHO, working with the government of the Netherlands, launched the "Priority Medical Devices" project to determine whether medical devices currently on the market meet the needs of health care providers and patients around the world. The organizations identified remedies for shortfalls such as gaps in the availability of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and assistive medical devices. WHO is coming out with its report next month. And the First Global Forum on Medical Devices will held September 9-11, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

We want to buy your Siemens Symphony or Avanto MRI -- today!

Top Dollar Paid, Fixed or Mobile. Call our Siemens Specialist for a Quote today -- 212-558-6600 Ext. 250 DOTmed Certified



Meanwhile, online (see URL below) you'll find WHO's list of technologies needed to address global health issues. These are organized into two types: Category 1 (commercializable) includes newer products that are not yet widely used in low- and middle-income countries. Examples include fluorescence visualization systems for cancer screening, and LED phototherapy units, among others. Category 2 includes products in the non-commercialized stage. Examples include simplified anesthesia units and solar-powered autoclaves, among others.

Companies offering these solutions have the opportunity for market growth as well as helping world health with their business plans.

Irvine, Calif.-based Masimo was pleased to find its category of transcutaneous anemia monitoring systems among WHO's priorities. Anemia affects 1.6 billion people worldwide, causes one million deaths a year, and is a top-ten risk factor contributing to the global burden of disease, according to WHO.

"Having our noninvasive hemoglobin technology prized by the World Health Organization as one of the 15 medical technologies representing accessible and affordable solutions to meet global health concerns and needs is significant," said Masimo CEO Joe Kiani. Their palm-sized Pronto-7 enables quick and easy noninvasive hemoglobin measurements without the need for a blood sample so it can be used anywhere. "But particularly for international medical use where time, resources, medical supplies, and processing labs are all too often scarce," he noted.

WHO's list of selected innovative technologies needed to address worldwide health crises is available here:
http://www.who.int/medical_devices/call_selected_innovative_tech/en/index.html

Related:


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2014 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED