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Which below is not a medical technology? *


 
Nope! They're all considered medical Technologies!

Medical technology are medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, imaging equipment and e-health solutions used to diagnose, monitor, assess predispositions and treat patients suffering from a wide range of conditions. They can be considered as any technology used to save and improve lives in individuals.

In fact, there are more than 500,000 medical technologies on the market, saving and improving lives everyday.
 
That’s right! They're all considered medical technologies!

Medical technology are medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, imaging equipment and e-health solutions used to diagnose, monitor, assess predispositions and treat patients suffering from a wide range of conditions. They can be considered as any technology used to save and improve lives in individuals.

In fact, there are more than 500,000 medical technologies on the market, saving and improving lives everyday.
 
How many medical technologies currently exist? *


 
Nope! There are more than 500,000 medical technologies registered, classified in 16 large categories like active implantable technology, in vitro diagnostics technology, optical technology, dental technology, amongst others.

 
Correct! There are more than 500,000 medical technologies registered, classified in 16 large categories like active implantable technology, in vitro diagnostics technology, optical technology, dental technology, amongst others.

 
Which of these statements about IVDs are false? *


 
Nope! None of the above are characteristics of IVDs.

In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are non-invasive tests used on biological samples (for example blood, urine or tissues) to determine the status of one’s health. They never come into direct contact with a person. They provide information on a sample from a person. As a consequence, their value resides in the quality of information they provide. IVDs do not directly treat patients. Their purpose is not to have a direct therapeutic effect, but rather to provide valuable information on a patient's health status.  IVDs are used to help determine a patient’s treatment. Healthcare professionals use IVDs and analyse the information it provides to determine the right treatment and care for patients. This means that the expertise of the healthcare professional in using the IVD is crucial to ensure correct decision making. Over 40 000 IVD products are on the European market, but the spending on IVDs is only 0,8% of the total healthcare expenditure or an average of 20,6€ per person annually.

 
That's right! None of the above are characteristics of IVDs.

In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are non-invasive tests used on biological samples (for example blood, urine or tissues) to determine the status of one’s health. They never come into direct contact with a person. They provide information on a sample from a person. As a consequence, their value resides in the quality of information they provide. IVDs do not directly treat patients. Their purpose is not to have a direct therapeutic effect, but rather to provide valuable information on a patient's health status.  IVDs are used to help determine a patient’s treatment. Healthcare professionals use IVDs and analyse the information it provides to determine the right treatment and care for patients. This means that the expertise of the healthcare professional in using the IVD is crucial to ensure correct decision making. Over 40 000 IVD products are on the European market, but the spending on IVDs is only 0,8% of the total healthcare expenditure or an average of 20,6€ per person annually.

 
In 2014, how many medical technology patent applications were submitted in Europe? *


 
Nope! The correct answer is 11,000

Medical technology is characterised by a constant flow of innovations, which are the result of a high level of research and development within the industry, and of close cooperation with the users.

In 2014 the medical technology industry registered 11,124 patent application- 7% of the total number of applications, more than any other sector in Europe. In comparison 5,300 applications were filled in the pharmaceutical field and 5,900 in the field of biotechnology.

 
That's right! 11,000

Medical technology is characterised by a constant flow of innovations, which are the result of a high level of research and development within the industry, and of close cooperation with the users.

In 2014 the medical technology industry registered 11,124 patent application- 7% of the total number of applications, more than any other sector in Europe. In comparison 5,300 applications were filled in the pharmaceutical field and 5,900 in the field of biotechnology.

 
Prosthetics are an invention of the 19th century *



 
Nope!
Use of early prosthetics dates back to approximately 3000 BC.  Records show that prosthetics were used by ancient civilisations like the Roman Empire, Persia or ancient Peru.

 
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Use of early prosthetics dates back to approximately 3000 BC.  Records show that prosthetics were used by ancient civilisations like the Roman Empire, Persia or ancient Peru.

 
How many people work in the European medical technology industry? *


 
Nope!

The European medical technology industry employs more than 575,000 people. The high level of employment shows that the medical technology industry is an important player in the European economy.

In comparison, the US medical technology industry employs around 520,000 people.

 
Correct!

The European medical technology industry employs more than 575,000 people. The high level of employment shows that the medical technology industry is an important player in the European economy.

In comparison, the US medical technology industry employs around 520,000 people.

 
The medical technology industry in Europe is made up 95% by large, multinational companies. *


 
Nope!
There are almost 25,000 medical technology companies in Europe, most of them based in Germany, followed by the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and France. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) make up almost 95% of the medical technology industry.

 
Correct!
There are almost 25,000 medical technology companies in Europe, most of them based in Germany, followed by the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and France. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) make up almost 95% of the medical technology industry.

 
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The first syringe was developed in 1924 in the United States. *


 
Nope!
The first mention of a syringe, a very common medical device, can be tracked back to 280 BC in Alexandria. It was used mainly to pull foreign bodies out of the ear.

 
Correct!
The first mention of a syringe, a very common medical device, can be tracked back to 280 BC in Alexandria. It was used mainly to pull foreign bodies out of the ear.

 
Out of the total healthcare expenditure in Europe, how much is spent on medical technology? *


 
Nope!
Out of an average of 10.4% gross domestic product (GDP) spent on healthcare, only 7.5% is attributed to medical technologies.

 
Correct!
Out of an average of 10.4% gross domestic product (GDP) spent on healthcare, only 7.5% is attributed to medical technologies.

 
Medical technologies can help limit healthcare costs. *


 
Nope!
Medical technologies can help limit the cost of care for chronic patients, limit the use of ineffective treatment, reducing the time spent in the hospital and helping patient make a quicker recovery.

 
Correct!
Medical technologies can help limit the cost of care for chronic patients, limit the use of ineffective treatment, reducing the time spent in the hospital and helping patient make a quicker recovery.

 
How big is the European medical technology market? *


 
Nope!
Based upon manufacturer prices the European medical technology is estimated to make up 31% of the world market. It is the second largest market after the US (~40%).

 
Correct!
Based upon manufacturer prices the European medical technology is estimated to make up 31% of the world market. It is the second largest market after the US (~40%).

 
Can medical technology be part of your life even before you are born? *

     
 
Wrong. Medical technology is all around you, from before birth to your golden days. For example your mother took a pregnancy test to find out about you. And then a sonogram revealed your heartbeat.

 
Correct. Medical technology is all around you, from before birth to your golden days. For example your mother took a pregnancy test to find out about you. And then a sonogram revealed your heartbeat.

 
Which medical technology market segment is predicted to become the largest by 2020? *




 
Nope!
It's In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs)
Medical technology offers solutions for many disease areas. On a worldwide perspective, in vitro diagnostics are the largest sector, followed by cardiology and orthopedics.

 
Correct!
In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs)

Medical technology offers solutions for many disease areas. On a worldwide perspective, in vitro diagnostics are the largest sector, followed by cardiology and orthopedics.

 
Can medical technology contribute to the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance? *

     
 
Wrong, it can.
Medical technology supports in reducing AMR by preventing infection, developing targeted treatment and patient monitoring.

 
Correct!
Medical technology supports in reducing AMR by preventing infection, developing targeted treatment and patient monitoring.

 
What is the top European technology export destination? *


 
Wrong! It's the USA
The main European medtech trade partners are USA- receiving 39% of the total exports-, followed by China with 11% and Japan with 8%.

 
Correct! USA
The main European medtech trade partners are USA- receiving 39% of the total exports-, followed by China with 11% and Japan with 8%.

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