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What is Medical Technology

Medical Devices

Every day, medical devices help save the lives of patients across Asia Pacific.

Medical Technology can be defined as the technologies that diagnose, treat and/or improve a person’s health and wellbeing, encompassing both low- and high-risk medical devices – products that can be as varied from tongue depressors, surgical gloves and medical thermometers to insulin pumps, pacemakers and in vitro diagnostics – and used to save the lives of patients everywhere across Asia Pacific every day.

Medical devices assist healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat patients with a higher level of accuracy and in a timelier fashion, and help patients overcome sickness or disease, improving their quality of life.

And while a global definition of what defines as a medical device is difficult to establish due to the various regulatory bodies worldwide that oversee the use and categorisation of medical devices, there is a very high likelihood that people are surrounded by medical devices without even realising it.

The following is the World Health Organization’s definition of what is a medical device:

‘Medical device’ means any instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, appliance, implant, reagent for in vitro use, software, material or other similar or related article, intended by the manufacturer to be used, alone or in combination, for human beings, for one or more of the specific medical purpose(s) of:

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