What Next In Pacemaker Technology?
The medical device industry has conquered small – the pacemakers put in patients’ bodies are shrinking every year.
Medtronic’s pill-sized pacemaker, the Micra Transcathater Pacing System, recently nabbed FDA approval. Other companies are hot on their heels: St. Jude Medical has European CE Mark approval for it’s leadless pacemaker, the Nanostim, and Boston Scientific is following suit.
But what’s up next? It’s likely to be the connected, data-rich device that can record patient data and send it physicians for adjustments or make changes on their own, according to FierceMedicalDevices, a website that follows the industry.
“We need to be able to get the data out of the body,” Rahul Sathe, head of surgical innovation at Cambridge Consultants, told the site. “The industry needs to shift toward [how we] make these small implants smarter to sense physiological data and adapt in real time.”
Sathe predicts that we will begin to see some of that technology emerge in roughly the next decade.
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