The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017


1. Abbott: CardioMEMS heart failure monitoring system


[Image from St. Jude Medical/Abbott]

The CardioMEMS heart failure monitoring system is designed for comprehensive heart failure care. It is the only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring system. It has been proven as being free of 98.6% freedom of device or system complications and has reduced heart failure admissions by 33% over an 18 month period, according to the company. The system is also personalized and can directly monitor PA pressure and titration of medications.

The system’s implantable sensor actually draws inspiration from the types of sensors used to measure pressure inside jet engines.

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  1. Balint Franko says:

    I’d like to know how did you measure “innovative” properties of a medical device? What was the standard for measurement? Your list, looks very subjective and misleading.

    • Chris Newmarker says:

      Thanks for the comment, Balint. The list includes the 11 medical technology nominees for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Award from the Galien Foundation. They said the nominees were chosen by a judging committee of “13 renowned leaders from the biomedical industry and academia, including four Nobel Laureates.” So I guess if there was any subjectivity on their part, it was Nobel Laureate–level subjectivity.

      • Agree with Franko – for example, a hyaluronic acid lip filler is really not new in any way.

        • Chris Newmarker says:

          Thanks for the comment, Karin. So you think the Prix Galien USA Awards aren’t highlighting innovation the way they should?

  2. These 11 innovations are great for the medical field.

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