PATIENT-INSPIRED INNOVATION Meaningful Innovation

Revolutionizing healthcare for the sake of patients — always

At Medtronic, research and development is not about innovation for innovation's sake but about enhancing the quality of life around the world through patient-centered healthcare solutions.


GREATER CHOICE IN PAIN MANAGEMENT
Through medical technology, collaboration, and awareness

INSPIRED TO PROVIDE BETTER PAIN MANAGEMENT

Because patients deserve pain management options as an alternative or adjunct to systemic opioids, we are:

  • Leveraging our capabilities and product portfolio to address the unmet needs of pain patients
  • Providing support to those working on the prevention and treatment of prescription opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose
  • Educating payers, policymakers, and regulators to enable greater patient access to medical devices shown to alleviate pain
READ OUR PERSPECTIVE ON PATIENT-FOCUSED CARE TO RELIEVE PAIN

WORLD’S SMALLEST PACEMAKER
Size allows minimally invasive approach

World’s Smallest Pacemaker

What motivated our engineers to develop the world's smallest pacemaker? Patients.

  • The Micra pacemaker is about one-tenth the size of traditional pacemakers.
  • Doctors can place the pacemaker into the heart using a minimally invasive approach, without wires running from the chest to the heart required by other pacemakers.
LEARN ABOUT THIS EXAMPLE OF PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTHCARE

BETTER MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES
Sophisticated algorithm helps patients monitor blood sugar levels

Better Management of Diabetes

Medtronic scientists toiled for years, laser focused on a diabetic patient's need to monitor blood sugar. Focus, tenacity, and math skills paid off when they produced an algorithm that:

  • Controls the flow of insulin, adjusting to individual needs
  • Was programmed inside the Medtronic MiniMed 670G system — the world’s first hybrid close looped insulin delivery system
DISCOVER PATIENT-FOCUSED CARE FOR THOSE WITH DIABETES

SPINAL CORD STIMULATOR TO HELP WITH CHRONIC PAIN
Embedded technology provides actionable data

LATEST IN CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENT

The newest Medtronic spinal cord stimulator helps physicians design an innovative treatment plan for chronic pain patients.

  • Embedded technology collects quantitative data on a patient’s physical position.
  • The data can then be correlated with the patient’s subjective report of pain levels.
  • The device can modify the amount of stimulation patients receive, depending on the pain they’re experiencing in different positions.
FIND OUT HOW TECHNOLOGY PRODUCES PATIENT-CENTERED CARE

MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNIQUE TO REPLACE AORTIC HEART VALVES
Self-expandable valve, deployed without open heart surgery

Replacing Aortic Heart Valves — Without Surgery

Many patients are not good candidates for open-heart surgery. Read about one such patient, Ron.

  • Ron was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis.
  • A cardiothoracic surgeon replaced Ron's heart valve using a minimally invasive approach developed by Medtronic.
READ ABOUT MINIMALLY INVASIVE VALVE REPLACEMENT

DIGITAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS FOR CHRONIC DISEASE
Patient-centered healthcare powered by technology

Being Heard Makes All the Difference

Opened in 2015, the Medtronic Applied Innovation Lab sparks ideas to improve healthcare by:

  • Bringing together patients, clinicians, and IT professionals to share issues and solutions
  • Looking at how IT can help patients and clinicians better manage disease
DISCOVER THE MEDTRONIC APPLIED INNOVATION LAB

MEDTRONIC PATENTS
Patient-centered healthcare innovation

Scientist working in lab

Find United States patent information on products manufactured by our business units — Minimally Invasive Therapies, Cardiac and Vascular, Diabetes, and Restorative Therapies.

SEE PATENT INFORMATION