As our Numerof 2021 Global Medical Device Outlook infographic illustrates, this year’s story for medical device manufacturers will be about continuing to adapt to pressures on price and demands for value. You’ll continue to engage in new and different ways with healthcare delivery, physicians, regulators, public and private payers, consumers, employers, retail clinics, and even pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Regulators will continue tough enforcement, especially in the adverse event reporting universe. Globally, cost effectiveness evidence will play an ever more significant role in approvals. Meanwhile, in the U.S., political and legislative actions will create risk and opportunity. Given ongoing economic pressures, government payers worldwide will insist on transparency for comparative quality and pricing, as well as comparative effectiveness research, real world evidence and risk-based pricing.

Demanding evidence of better outcomes and lower costs, private payers will continue to expand value-based contracting, reference pricing, and direct purchasing of devices. Consumers will get more involved in choosing diagnostic tests as they also shop for lower cost, higher quality procedures. Employers seeking to reduce surgical and procedure costs while also improving employee health outcomes will create opportunities for innovative medical device makers.

Across the globe, engagement with physicians will require new approaches as systems and practices limit representative access. In the U.S., healthcare delivery continues to centralize buying decisions in cross functional committees. Better positioning with integrated delivery networks (IDNs) will be key to future success.

Given this outlook, what’s next?  We recommend these key action steps:

At Numerof & Associates, we help medical device manufacturers achieve these key action steps for success in today’s evolving healthcare landscape. From competitive strategy and ensuring evidence to demonstrate value to commercial model innovation and implementation, we have solutions. Read more about our perspectives and solutions for the medical device industry and see our case studies.

Need critical insights across the healthcare sector? Check out our 2021 outlook infographics for payershealthcare delivery, and pharmaceuticals.