In a traditional off-site training environment, medical device companies host residents and surgeons to practice new procedures with new technologies. But traditional off-site training can be time-consuming for all parties and costly for medical device companies. More importantly, medical device companies have no idea whether their products are being used properly once in-person training has concluded, leaving them open to lawsuits and recalls.
This drastically slows innovation, as hospitals and surgeons may continue to use existing technologies simply because surgeons don’t have the opportunity to properly train on newer products. A report from the World Health Organization echoes this sentiment, noting the primary reasons for adverse events with new technologies are the result of improper training and long learning curves. It highlights the important implication of this challenge: medical devices are prevented from achieving their “full public health potential.”
The FDA recently announced an action plan to make medical devices safer, with one key part of the plan prioritizing the spur of innovation towards safety. The goal of the plan is to better understand the benefits and risks of medical devices once they are used on more patients by more clinicians. This will ensure it not only meets the gold standard for coming to market, but continues to meet the standard when it is in the real-world clinical setting.
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