for medical devices
from concept to series
Micro Systems Technologies – engineering for life
Micro Systems Technologies
Neuhofstrasse 4, CH-6340 Baar, Switzerland
Phone +41 (44) 804 63 00, Fax +41 (44) 804 63 01
MS T Group. Active around the globe, the
Micro Systems Technologies (MST) Group consists
of four technology companies with more than 1000
employees in three countries:
> DYCONEX AG (CH)
> LITRONIK Batterietechnologie GmbH (DE)
> Micro Systems Engineering GmbH (DE)
> Micro Systems Engineering, Inc. (USA)
> Medical microelectronics (design
service, substrate manufacturing,
semiconductor packaging, board
assembly, test services)
> Batteries and battery packs for
> Hermetic feedthroughs for
Managing Director, Accutronics Ltd.
Medical technology is one of the
world’s fastest growing industries.
We are excited at Accutronics to
have launched our latest smart-battery range
at COMPAMED. We are looking forward to
some great innovations in 2015.
We will see a trend for portable, bat-tery-powered medical devices delivering high
power discharge from batteries with high
energy densities used in mobile hospital setups
and emergency services use.
However, this rise in portability will see companies push further into securing their products. Accutronics has already made headway
into improved security by making available a
hardware-embedded software algorithm (SHA-
1) that can identify and isolate fake batteries,
stopping them from being used in critical-care
devices. This also provides better batch traceability and deters fraudulent warranty claims.
As the Asian market matures, 2015 will also
see the trend for European and North American
medtech OEMs to begin to establish a more
permanent presence in Asian and Far East economies to secure and win market share of the fast
growing premium industry sector.
Finally, 2015 will see OEMs begin to widely
consider the role of antimicrobial polymers and
coatings for use in device moldings, casings, and
on touchable surfaces to minimize the spread of
superbugs such as MRSA. MDT
Founder and CEO,
The healthcare industry is shifting
toward fee-for-value payment
models based on outcomes. For this to reach its
full potential, healthcare providers need to devel-
op systems that span the full continuum of care.
In 2015, I foresee three trends emerging.
Community Coalitions — Most healthcare
spending is local. When a patient goes out of
network to receive care, providers lose visibility
of interventions and outcomes. One response to
this challenge is health coalitions comprised of
competing healthcare providers that span the
care continuum. I predict in 2015, healthcare
IT infrastructure will allow coalition providers
to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate
with other providers, without sacrificing each
provider’s distinct competitive interests.
Narrow Networks — Health systems and other referral sources are no longer content to refer
their patients to just any post-acute provider. Narrow networks of post-acute care providers that
are committed to quality and provide cre dible
outcome data are replacing the traditional rela-tionship-based referral process. In 2015, I believe
we will see substantial momentum toward a new
data-driven informed referral process to match
the right patient with the right care setting.
Evidence-Based Models — Because of the
growing emphasis on outcomes, there is strong
interest in evidence-based models that have
shown efficacy through a peer-reviewed study.
However, there is seldom any feedback system to
ensure that the steps of the models are followed.
In 2015, I predict healthcare IT will enable
providers with the tools to measure program
implementation fidelity and manage continuous