Aug 14, 2023

Fast Five: Abbott withdraws Trifecta valves from U.S. market, Augmedics buys Surgalign's digital health assets

August 1, 2023 By Danielle Kirsh

Welcome to the MassDevice Fast Five medtech news podcast, the show that keeps you up-to-date on the latest breakthroughs in medical technology. Here’s what you need to know for today, August 1, 2023.

The recent collaboration between Henry Schein and Medpod signifies an increased focus on telehealth solutions and the integration of diagnostic technologies. Fast Five hosts Danielle Kirsh and Sean Whooley discuss how the Medpac system serves as a telediagnostic offering and the benefits it offers patients and providers.

Inspire Medical recently appointed a former AppliedVR executive as its chief medical officer. The move highlights the significance of medical leadership in driving strategic decisions. Hear who is taking on the new clinical role and what their career experience is that supports the appointment.

The successful implantation of Anteris Technologies’ DurAVR THV in a valve-in-valve procedure showcases a significant milestone in transcatheter heart valve technology for the company. Whooley explains the significance of the implant and what makes it unique compared to other transcatheter aortic heart valves.

Augmedics’ strategic acquisition of digital health assets from Surgalign signifies a convergence trend of medical devices and digital health solutions. Find out how much Augmedics paid for the assets and how it expands business at the company.

Abbott announced that it would withdraw all Trifecta heart valves from the U.S. market more than five months after Abbott and the FDA told health providers that the valves could deteriorate early. Whooley and Kirsh discuss what led to the discontinuance and the company’s new focus in the heart valve market.

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