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Business

Posted on 01.04.2011

UDI, GS1, GTIN, GHTF, ETF, EHR, ISMP… What does it mean to me and to you?

Having been involved with the medical devices industry for many years, I’ve seen how the industry has evolved using innovative solutions and has constantly embraced technological developments. Recently however I had a friend on the receiving end of this technology and I hope you find his ‘patient case report’ below of interest – do note he also works in the medtech industry hence his knowledge on this subject…

By Mike Kreuzer Chairman of the Eucomed Taskforce on E-Business and Supply Chain Management (ETF)

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Regulation Value

Posted on 15.02.2011

The ‘New Approach’ – making standards even better

There are some who are claiming that the EU Commission’s formal objection to eleven standards raised at the end of last year shows that the ‘New Approach’ has shortcomings and that the whole system is ripe for overhaul. I would argue far from it. The New Approach is a very clever system of product regulation, […]

By Andy Vaughan Eucomed Environment Consultant

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Access

Posted on 04.02.2011

Cheap trumps innovativeness… or not?

As I was commuting back to Brussels last week, a copy of The Economist laid out in front of me, my eye was immediately drawn to the title of that week’s Leader. Who wouldn’t be inclined to read on when an enticing header such as “Life should be cheap” is staring right at you. Intrigued […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Global Value

Posted on 01.12.2010

An often heard but seldom fully-understood story…

A new report by the OECD makes sobering reading as it makes the point that continued expansion of spending in developed countries is unsustainable. Reading the reported highlights, a couple of statements jumped out at me. “Healthcare costs are escalating rapidly, driven by population aging, rising relative prices and costly developments in medical technology. Public […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Global Regulation

Posted on 21.10.2010

Can we move global harmonisation to the next level?

Proponents of greater regulatory harmonisation and cooperation will have been heartened by FDA chief Peggy Hamburg’s comments at the Advamed 2010 conference on Wednesday 20 October. She was quick to acknowledge that, in a changing world with vastly increased trade, the FDA could not continue to operate on an old-fashioned model designed for a time […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Digital

Posted on 06.10.2010

Wiring up wireless enabled healthcare

Yesterday afternoon I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate in a round table discussion organised by Motorola as part of the EU Open Days conference organised by the Committee for the Regions. Entitled ‘ EU Wide Patient Safety – A Roundtable to demonstrate ways of overcoming barriers to adoption in healthcare using innovative […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Global

Posted on 23.09.2010

More EU needed to ride the Chinese wave

The occasion of the annual visit of the European Chamber of Commerce in Europe afforded me the rare opportunity to meet both a group of senior industry leaders from China and the Chinese ambassador to the EU, and his trade officials. What was clear from this excellent opportunity to gain first hand insights on the […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Access Digital

Posted on 23.06.2010

The potential of IT to transform healthcare

Sitting on the tram this morning, flicking through my e-mails and preparing for the busy day ahead, I began to muse on the incredible impact that information technology has had on my life. Doing this sort of communication was inconceivable even when I had my first management role. My own personal secretary was highly skilled […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

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Access Value

Posted on 01.06.2010

The real worth of medical technologies

The blogosphere has been driven into a foment over the last week or so by a paper by Groeneveld et al entitled ‘Increasing Use of Cardiovascular Devices and Rising Health Costs’. Its conclusions are interesting but, I suggest, not conclusive of anything which should prompt policy makers to ask further questions. Discounted for inflation the […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed