Below are 8 technology based trends in the ortho industry this year.
1/ The rise of robotic surgery:
Robotic surgery is becoming increasingly popular in the orthopedic field, as it theoretically allows surgeons to perform procedures more precisely and with less invasiveness. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, as new generations of robotic surgical systems are developed with the help of better navigation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
2/ Imaging, navigation, and AI tools:
Think of these as enablers for other orthopedic technologies.
These tools can be used to:
- Improve the accuracy of diagnosis: Imaging tools, such as MRI and CT scans, can be used to visualize the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system in great detail. This information can be used to diagnose conditions and plan surgery.
- Guide surgery: Navigation tools can be used to track the position of surgical instruments in real time. This helps surgeons to perform procedures more precisely and with less risk of complications.
- Personalize treatment: AI tools can be used to analyze patient data and identify the best course of treatment for each individual. This can help to improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of complications.
3/ The use of 3D printing:
3D printing is being used to create custom-made orthopedic implants that are better suited to individual patients. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, as 3D printing technology becomes more affordable and accessible.
4/ The increasing focus on patient-centered care:
Orthopedic device companies are increasingly focused on developing products that meet the needs of individual patients. This trend is being driven by the growing emphasis on patient-centered care in the healthcare industry.
5/ The growing importance of data analytics:
Data analytics is being used to improve the design, development, and testing of orthopedic devices. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, as companies use data to gain a better understanding of patient needs and to optimize the performance of their products.
6/ The increasing regulatory scrutiny:
The orthopedic device industry is facing increasing regulatory scrutiny from government agencies. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, as regulators work to ensure the safety and effectiveness of orthopedic devices.
7/ The use of wearable devices for rehabilitation:
Wearable devices are being used to track patient progress during rehabilitation and to provide real-time feedback to patients and therapists. This trend is expected to continue in 2023, as wearable devices become more sophisticated and affordable.
8/ The development of bioengineered tissues and implants:
Looking more into the future, bioengineering is a rapidly developing field that is using the latest advances in science to create new types of orthopedic tissues and implants. These materials are designed to be more biocompatible and durable than traditional implants, and they have the potential to revolutionize the way orthopedic surgery is performed.