Stephen O’Callaghan

Sometimes innovations come along which transform the way we deliver healthcare. Despite the strain the global healthcare system is under, it's a time of great opportunity. Advances in medical technology have the potential to make a huge difference to a lot of people's lives. We're seeing examples of wearable technologies which can help diagnose conditions earlier, software that can help standardise surgical procedures, and patient monitors collecting data which has the potential to dramatically improve patient care. Despite the buzz surrounding healthcare innovations, this MedTech Week I urge our industry to take a moment to remember the central reason we work in healthcare. This means putting the features and benefits to one side to focus on what stands to be gained by patients. Exciting as the latest product and service innovations are, we need to work in partnership with healthcare providers to understand the true value of these technologies. CareAdvantage is our holistic approach to co-creating solutions with our partners. By looking at the whole system through a value-based lens, we have shown we are able to deliver what really matters: improved patient experience and outcomes in a sustainable way. Every new technology that's introduced must improve the patient experience. I like to take a lesson from one of our winning British Olympic rowing teams; their approach to training meant that every time they made a change, they asked themselves the only question that mattered, "Will it make the boat go faster?" Let's also adopt this mindset for our customers. MedTech has the potential to deliver marginal and major gains for patients. A lot of the time we focus on the big advances, but often ensuring the basics are right and delivering incremental gains can in fact make the biggest difference to patients. This includes making sure the patient pathway...