Market Snapshot


  • Illusion of Choice in Orthopedics in a COVID World

    Illusion of Choice in Orthopedics in a COVID World

    The Permanente Medical Groups represent a behemoth compared to the rest of the medical groups in the U.S. Kaiser employs more than three times the number of physicians as the second largest group—Fresenius Medical Care Holdings. The Permanente…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 05.20.20

  • Design
    The Importance of Usability/Human Factors Testing

    The Importance of Usability/Human Factors Testing

    When is the work of human factors over, and how does your team know they are prepared for summative testing?
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 03.13.20

  • Large Joint
    Joint Replacement Trends Takeaways

    Joint Replacement Trends Takeaways

    In 2019, the American Joint Replacement Registry Annual Report reported aggregate procedural growth of 28.5 percent over 2018.
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 02.18.20

  • The Cluster Effect in Orthopedics: Is It Sustainable?

    The Cluster Effect in Orthopedics: Is It Sustainable?

    For a long time, we all assumed Minnesota dominated the medical device industry worldwide, but is this true for the orthopedic surgical tools industry?
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 12.02.19

  • What Are Orthopedic Surgeon Salary and Employment Statistics?

    What Are Orthopedic Surgeon Salary and Employment Statistics?

    The percent of employed physicians is greater than self-employed physicians.
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 09.17.19

  • What Keeps Hospital CEOs Awake at Night and How Can Medtech Help?

    What Keeps Hospital CEOs Awake at Night and How Can Medtech Help?

    With the continued surge of mergers and acquisitions, vertical integrations, and no clear U.S. policy or reform direction for our $3.6 trillion annual healthcare spend,1 the healthcare ecosystem remains in a phase of dramatic disruption. What Is K…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 08.14.19

  • U.S. Healthcare Spending in Orthopedics

    U.S. Healthcare Spending in Orthopedics

    While total 2017 U.S. healthcare spending grew by 3.9 percent to $3.5 trillion,1 it was at a lower rate than the 4.8 percent increase reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2016. The 2017 growth rate correlates to the lower i…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 05.23.19

  • Spine/Neurology
    2019 Update on Surgical Management of Vertebral Compression Fracture: The Comeback Kid

    2019 Update on Surgical Management of Vertebral Compression Fracture: The Comeback Kid

    Ten years ago—2009—was a controversial time for spine surgeons. This was the year the outcomes of two randomized controlled trials were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).1,2 The results? The outcomes for vertebral co…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 03.29.19

  • Medtech and The Management Top 250

    Medtech and The Management Top 250

    Developed by the Drucker Institute and publicized by The Wall Street Journal, The Management Top 250 Ranking measures and ranks corporate competencies from 1-250 by scrutinizing operations in five areas: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 02.13.19

  • Spine/Neurology
    Leveraging Innovation to Address the Opioid Crisis

    Leveraging Innovation to Address the Opioid Crisis

    The news has been devastating; according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website, “every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids…including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and syn…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 11.30.18

  • MIS/Robotics
    Premium Medtech Price Stategies for the Orthopedic Robotics Segment

    Premium Medtech Price Stategies for the Orthopedic Robotics Segment

    Growth in the market for surgical robots used in hip and knee orthopedic procedures was forecasted at $222 million in 2015 with anticipated growth to reach $5 billion by 20221 (Table 1). A substantial number of next- generation robotic devices, syste…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 09.19.18

  • 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