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IAMERS 15th Annual European Meeting in Madrid

Predicting Growth in Ultrasound Markets—Six Predictions

With healthcare costs continuing to rise, affordable and accurate imaging and diagnosis achieved through ultrasound will continue to attract patients, according to a new market report from Fact.MR. The report on the global market for ultrasound systems projects steady growth for the market from 2017 to 2022, from a value of $6 billion in 2017 to $7.8 billion toward the end of 2022 — a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5 percent.

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AHA calls on hospitals, health systems to compete with ‘disruptors’

In a recent speech, Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association noted that new entrants into the healthcare sector, such as Amazon, Apple and Google, are poised to serve as “disruptors” in the industry.  “We are seeing historic—if not unprecedented—change across the entire healthcare landscape,” Pollack told an AHA forum in Washington. “There’s no doubt that more engaged consumers, advances in technology and new entrants add up to a dramatically changed healthcare landscape.”  Pollack went on to say that one of the most significant market forces that is driving innovation and transforming healthcare is that “patients and their families simply want care that is more convenient—they want it when and where they want it—and, they are becoming much more engaged in directing their own care.”

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MITA publishes QMS standard for servicing of imaging devices

The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and its parent organization, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have published a voluntary standard outlining minimum quality management system (QMS) requirements for servicing medical imaging devices. This standard was not approved by the Consensus Group who voted on the Standard after several months of deliberations. ISO and HTMs were concerned among other things that the MITA standard adopted the QSR requirements of the FDA manufacturer regulation but did not adequately address training and calibration of equipment. See the comment in the DOTmed article  of IAMERS General Counsel Rob Kerwin expressing this concern. IAMERS is also concerned on the eve of participating in the FDA Collaborative Communities initiative that the unilateral publication and dissemination of a proposed standard (which was defeated) sends a mixed message to the diagnostic imaging community who are being encouraged to work cooperatively with all stakeholders.

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