The Science Behind Healthcare Meaningful Innovation

Research, data, analysis — the foundation of innovation that improves lives

Scientific research, big data, and healthcare analytics are the tools of innovators. Discover how.


BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE
Healthcare data sharing, analysis, and verification

BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Blockchain’s decentralized, automated third-party system to transfer data freely and securely offers healthcare the ability to accelerate R&D and create more efficient care pathways.

  • Recently Medtronic innovators prototyped a blockchain to help patients share their EHRs with clinicians via a trusted, private third-party intermediary.
  • Researchers project that 55 percent of healthcare applications will have adopted blockchain for commercial deployment by 2025.1
DISCOVER BLOCKCHAIN’S POTENTIAL

BIOSENSORS — THE NEXT GENERATION
Using patients’ data to respond to their needs in real time

Biosensor Technology

Added functionality in biosensor technology opens up new  ways to use data to drive therapeutic changes, save money, and improve access to care:

  • Professional continuous glucose monitoring during a change of diabetes therapy (such as moving from one diabetes medication to another) among patients with Type 2 diabetes could save the healthcare system more than $3300 per person per year.2
  • Stakeholder partnerships enable mobile apps that integrate with Medtronic sensors to increase actionable information.
  • The Medtronic Labs Empower Health™ is a model of care that uses sensor technology to reach hypertension patients in underserved regions.3

3D PRINTING IN MEDICINE
Fast-tracking healthcare research

Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, allows Medtronic scientists and engineers to rapidly create prototypes of tools and models of human anatomy.

  • Product designers improve the way medical devices deploy and operate inside the body using 3D models of various human anatomy.
  • Doctors can practice procedures on lifelike simulations, better preparing them for surgery.
  • In just one year, Medtronic design lab manager Scott Hanson estimates up to nine years of R&D testing time was saved by 3D printing.

LEARN ABOUT RAPID PROTOTYPING

3D Printing is opening a new frontier in healthcare - Watch How


NITINOL — AN EXTRAORDINARY METAL ALLOY
Shape memory, elasticity, and durability translate to new possibilities in medical devices

Durable. Flexible. Super-elastic. Strong. Scientists and engineers have no shortage of adjectives for Nitinol, a metal alloy made from nickel and titanium. Its properties enable exciting advances in the medical devices. Nitinol:

  • Possesses a remarkable “shape memory,” so can return to its original shape even when crushed or deformed
  • Is super-elastic, thus can be stretched up to 10 times more than ordinary metals
  • Can easily “lift” more than 4,000 times its own weight

EXPLORE NITINOL’S PROMISE

Nitinol is a key ingredient in new, innovative devices - See Why


MINIATURIZATION OF MEDICAL DEVICES
Tiny medical devices use less energy, are less invasive

Micro-electronics, ultra-low-power medical device circuit board

Using the same technology that compressed computing into the palm of your hand, Medtronic microelectronics experts are reinventing medical devices that:

  • Use less energy
  • Take up less space

“Thinking small” can lead to something really, really big in healthcare’s future.


BRAIN RADIO TECHNOLOGY
Decoding the brain’s electrical orders to better treat brain disease

Decoding brain signals using Brain Radio Technology

When implanted in the body, Brain Radio™ Technology can not only deliver electricity but can also receive and record a patient’s brain signals.4 This enhanced functionality excites scientists around the world who see potential to:

  • Allow patients to control their medical devices, just by thinking about them
  • Stop epileptic seizures before they start
  • Use medical devices to control brain-related disorders such as depression, Tourette syndrome, or even Alzheimer’s disease

MEDTRONIC INFORMATION EXCHANGE (MIX)
Sharing healthcare science and business expertise

Scientists in Lab

The 84,000 Medtronic employees residing in 160 countries around the globe bring a lot of technical and business expertise to the table. One way they share information? Through MIX, an online collaboration network.

  • Employees respond to posted inquiries from one floor down or three time zones away.
  • In FY17, we estimate a savings of $2.5 million in work hours.

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Projected share of healthcare blockchain adoption across healthcare applications worldwide in 2017, 2020, and 2025. Statista. October 2017. https://www.statista.com/statistics/759208/healthcare-blockchain-adoption-rate-in-health-apps-worldwide/

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Joseph A. Sierra, Mona Shah, Max S. Gill, Zachery Flores, Hiten Chawla, Francine R. Kaufman & Robert Vigersky (2017) Clinical and economic benefits of professional CGM among people with Type 2 diabetes in the United States: analysis of claims and lab data, Journal of Medical Economics, 21:3, 225-230, DOI: 10.1080/13696998.2017.1390474

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Research and technology innovations discussed are under development or are in the investigational phase only, and are not currently approved for clinical use or commercialization in the U.S.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Deep brain stimulation therapy is not for everyone. DBS Therapy requires brain surgery which could have serious or even fatal complications. Other complications can occur and may require additional surgery. Medtronic DBS Therapy may cause worsening of some symptoms. For additional safety information, please refer to Indications, Safety and Warnings at http://professional.medtronic.com/pt/neuro/dbs-md/ind/index.htm