The role of medical devices within medicine is changing rapidly. As service providers seek to control costs, both medical devices and the sensors within them will play an increasingly important role, pointing the market towards different methods of patient care, greater flexibility and lower costs.
Within the health care system, there is significant pressure to move to outcomes-based results from straight fee for medicine, particularly in the United States. Doctors and hospitals are being measured according to this new standard by insurance companies and the federal government, who want patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible, but also to allow them to be monitored closely to help insure against an expensive hospital re-admittance.
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