Medical technology is the application of technology to the field of healthcare to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and medical conditions. It includes a wide range of devices, equipment, software, and services that are designed to enhance patient care and improve clinical outcomes. Medical technology includes various types of medical devices such as imaging devices like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, X-rays, ultrasound machines, and endoscopes; therapeutic devices such as pacemakers, artificial joints, and hearing aids; and diagnostic devices such as blood glucose meters, pregnancy tests, diagnostic imaging systems, advanced hemostats and wound care devices. Medical technology also includes healthcare software and services that provide clinical decision support, electronic health records, telemedicine, and other applications that help healthcare professionals to deliver more efficient and effective care.
Medical technology is thought to be owned by developed countries for a very long time. The high-end medical equipment and devices are still developed by advanced nations. According to the statistical report from the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) medical device imports increased by a record 41% to Rs. 63,200 crores in FY 2021–2022 from Rs. 44,708 crores the previous year. However, there have been latest developments in the medical technology in India which are futuristic and paving a way for the self-sustenance. The Indian medical device industry has been witnessing significant growth in the past few years with the state and central governments’ support. Most importantly the innovations are happening in India for the world. Some of the latest medical technologies in India include robotic surgery, artificial intelligence in healthcare, telemedicine, 3D Printing and innovative wound care devices.
Leading the industry SS Innovations has developed the India’s first robotic system that can be used in a variety of surgeries. The robotic surgery system is called advanced, affordable, and accessible. As making in India makes the devices accessible the healthcare professionals along with the patients are happy with these developments. Healthcare applications of artificial intelligence-based algorithms are already in use in illness detection, drug development, patient monitoring, and self-care. During the Covid times telemedicine has flourished in India at a rapid rate. Examples include Medlife, Practo, Pharmeasy, Netmeds, and 1MG. 3D printing technology has been in India for almost 30 years now. A few companies to name are Anatomiz3D LLP, Osteo 3D, Novabeans etc. Axio Biosolutions one of such companies from India saving lives with their wound care product portfolio. Axio Biosolutions have several patents for their flagship products Axiostat and Maxiocel range of products. Axiostat is a hemostatic device based on protonated bioadhesive technology (PBT) and Maxiocel is a wound care dressing based on bioactive microfiber gelling technology (BMG). This company uses shellfish waste and makes these path-breaking advanced lifesaving products. The main ingredient is chitosan which is obtained from this shellfish waste. While 70-80% of medical devices are imported, Axio Biosolutions exporting their products to more than 50 countries. Both these products have been manufactured in ISO 13485 and GMP certified Indian manufacturing facility and are used by the military personnel as well as civilians. Axiostat has been used to prevent severe blood loss in prehospital settings and is a part of their first-aid kit known as Axio Suraksha Kavach (ASK) kit. Another component of this kit is Maxiocel which has been proven to be efficient in healing chronically non-healing wounds like venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers among other kinds of wounds.
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