On Monday night I stood just inside the doors of our office building, watching the rain absolutely pour down, and checked my phone to see if I could get a prediction on when it would stop. My phone helpfully told me there would be 1 to 3 mm of rain on Monday. I showed it to my colleague, who looked out at the now mini waterfall coming off of our building, and said incredulously do they mean 1 to 3 mm a minute. Apparently, we had pretty much no warning for the 126 mm of rain that slammed our city that night, smashing the record set by Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s.
As we continue to work get our power system and public transit back to normal, I thought it seemed like a good day to put up another collection of random medtech articles it's hard to feel creative enough to write a whole post with everything going on!
Check out the articles below for information on the medtech companies with the best reputation, more updates on the medical device excise tax, and some interesting infographics.
  • According to a survey, the reputation of medtech improved during 2012, with the majority of respondents saying that the industry is innovative, makes high-quality useful products, and ensures patients safety. Survey respondents gave Coloplast the number one spot as most trusted medtech company, with Medtronic grabbing number 2. At the bottom were imaging companies GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, and Olympus.
  • I'm getting a bit tired of reading about the medical device excise tax. We get it, medtech wants it repealed. Nonetheless, I did come across a few interesting articles on the subject that are worth pointing out. First, here is an interesting article on some lesser-known facts about the medical device tax, including how devices used for animals are being taxed. There is also a website tracking which companies are passing the costs of the tax along to the customers, which can be accessed here.
  • And finally some interesting articles about health. This infographic shows the health of the aging baby boomer population, which are expected to place an increasing burden on global health care systems. Meanwhile, this infographic from Harvard shows the global burden of disease, showing that people are living longer, but in poorer health. This can make us question a bit how much the human life expectancy can really be extended or how much we want to extend it.

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