Market Snapshot


  • Imaging | MIS/Robotics
    The Promising Future for AI in Orthopedics

    The Promising Future for AI in Orthopedics

    In their most simple form, AI applications in healthcare consist of a collection of technologies that will enable machines to sense, comprehend, predict, act, and learn. The first application for AI-based machines, as discussed at the World Medical I…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 08.15.18

  • How Do We Make Orthopedic Surgery Easier for Our Physicians?

    How Do We Make Orthopedic Surgery Easier for Our Physicians?

    The practice of orthopedic surgery is still going through a significant transformation. Practice shifts from private to hospital employees and back to private again. This level of turbulence creates ambiguity, questions, threats, and opportunities.…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 05.29.18

  • Hospital and Orthopedic Service Line Trends

    Hospital and Orthopedic Service Line Trends

    What a difference eight years makes. The massive changes in economic, regulatory, and consumer mandates have altered healthcare delivery across the United States. Compare 2018 to 2010. While we still haven’t seen an aggregate reduction in healt…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 03.21.18

  • Spine/Neurology
    Jump-Starting Disease Management Through Neurostimulation

    Jump-Starting Disease Management Through Neurostimulation

    Jump-starting disease management through neurostimulation.
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 02.12.18

  • Large Joint
    An Update on U.S. Obesity and Its Impact on Hip, Knee Transplants

    An Update on U.S. Obesity and Its Impact on Hip, Knee Transplants

    The global obesity epidemic continues to grow. In 2016, it was estimated that greater than 39 percent of adults1 (up from 35.7 percent of adults2) are obese (Table 1). Obesity can bring a quadruple whammy of co-morbidities including cardiovascular di…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 11.21.17

  • Orthopedic Device Price Strategies: Who Is Going to Pay for It?

    Orthopedic Device Price Strategies: Who Is Going to Pay for It?

    Orthopedic device product innovation and pricing strategy must be closely linked. In orthopedic product development, the most important three questions are: Is there an unmet need that can be answered with an orthopedic device and what is i…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 10.02.17

  • Changing Administrations and the Strategy for Value-Based Growth in Medtech

    Changing Administrations and the Strategy for Value-Based Growth in Medtech

    In 2013, the U.S. medtech business turned the corner with improving revenue trends. The roll-out of Obamacare has stimulated growth in hospital admissions and other new systems of healthcare utilization at sites of care that didn’t exist before…
    Maria Shepherd , President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 08.15.17

  • Trauma/Sports
    What’s New in Orthopedics in the ED?

    What’s New in Orthopedics in the ED?

    Perhaps it’s due to the traditionally long wait times in the emergency department (ED) and the fact that no one wants to return to wait again. A problem for orthopedic care in the ED is the high rate of “no-show events” following an…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 05.19.17

  • Extremities | Instruments | Large Joint | MIS/Robotics
    HACs and How Orthopedic Surgical Devices  Can Help Reduce Medical Error

    HACs and How Orthopedic Surgical Devices Can Help Reduce Medical Error

    After a 30-year effort, data collected in 2014 and published in 20161 illustrated that there has been a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) since 2010. This data is impressive, as it represents a 2.1 million case decline in prev…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 03.22.17

  • AdvaMed and MassMEDIC:  Two Meetings You Should Attend in 2017

    AdvaMed and MassMEDIC: Two Meetings You Should Attend in 2017

    MassMEDIC and AdvaMed are two trade associations that lead the effort to advance medical technology around the world. These organizations act as a common voice for medical device, orthopedics, diagnostics, and health information technology companies.…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 02.23.17

  • Trauma/Sports
    Trends in Sports Medicine

    Trends in Sports Medicine

    Value-based care and hospital consolidation are having an impact on the practice of medicine. However, it is important to recognize that sports medicine surgeons are still some of the most highly paid in the U.S. Family medicine physicians on av…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 11.22.16

  • Big Changes in Orthopedic Practices

    Big Changes in Orthopedic Practices

    Like all medical specialties in the United States, the practice of orthopedic surgery is going through a remarkable change. Healthcare reform, intensified scrutiny, a dramatic change (and opportunity) in population demographics, and practice shifts f…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 09.20.16

  • Bone Metastases, Breast Cancer, and Liquid Biopsy

    Bone Metastases, Breast Cancer, and Liquid Biopsy

    Metastatic cancer is commonly found in bone,1 and breast cancer is the most common primary tumor type in patients with bone metastases. Approximately one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.2 Ac…
    Maria Shepherd, Medi-Vantage 08.09.16

  • Big Data and mHealth Apps Trends in Orthopedic Healthcare

    Big Data and mHealth Apps Trends in Orthopedic Healthcare

    It is no secret that most of us in the medtech industry are working faster and smarter with less. In the ecosystem of healthcare change, how can medical device companies discover new innovations that disruptively transform the way healthcare is provi…
    Maria Shepherd, Medi-Vantage 05.23.16

  • Large Joint
    New Technologies for Knee Replacement

    New Technologies for Knee Replacement

    The number of U.S. residents over the age of 65 is expected to almost double by the year 2030. According to Zacks.com,1 a stock advisory service, Stryker, Zimmer Biomet, and other orthopedic companies benefit from the aging of the U.S. population bec…
    Maria Shepherd , Medi-Vantage 03.23.16

  • Macro Trends: What Influences Orthopedic Surgeon Decision Making?

    Macro Trends: What Influences Orthopedic Surgeon Decision Making?

    There are multiple factors that affect physicians’ decision making. It is well known that changes in healthcare have affected the way medical devices are chosen in the hospital. Hospital purchasing best practices have improved, and are conducte…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 02.17.16

  • Determining Resource Utilization Levels in Total and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

    In standard total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), the shoulder’s ball and socket joint is replaced with a prosthesis made of polyethylene and metal elements1 whereas in reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA), the location of the new ball and socket a…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 11.17.15

  • Modest Growth Predicted for Brace and Orthotics Market

    The global orthopedic braces and supports (orthotics) market will rise in value from $2.56 billion in 2014 to reach a little less than $3.5 billion by 2021, largely driven by an aging population and patient preference for braces and supports as nonin…
    09.15.15

  • Global Trauma Sector to Show Solid Gains, Report Says

    According to a recent research report, the global orthopedic trauma devices market was valued at $5.7 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2020, to reach an estimated value of $9.…
    09.15.15

  • Advances in MRI: Keeping Up Orthopedics’ Image

    New advances in whole–body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology have created a powerful diagnostic tool for the entire musculoskeletal system—for the knee, spine and shoulder, in particular. Whole-body MRI is a valuable tool that a…
    Maria Shepherd, Data Decision Group 08.05.15