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- Centre for Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ZRM) University Hospital and School of Medicine
Innovative prostheses can help to restore a person's lost abilities and senses. Research in the field of medical technology is working to provide new technological solutions for complex medical applications. Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized the diagnosis and therapy of diseases by using miniaturized treatment and surgical procedures. The visible success of these methods today shows the possibilities that medical technology holds for public health care in the future.
Medical technology is a multidisciplinary field that covers a broad spectrum of research and applications. Its distinguishing characteristic in Germany is its great innovative potential and high-quality developments. The advances made in medical technology - such as miniaturized treatment and surgical procedures, state-of-the-art imaging techniques, or enhanced means of communication as with telemedicine - are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and benefiting both patients and advanced research.
Former in-patient services can now be provided as out-patient services. Side-effects and complications are substantially reduced by minimally invasive surgery. At the same time, however, steps must be taken to ensure that the development of technological innovations, particularly in specialized high-tech areas, reduces the cost of care or clearly improves the quality of care at a justifiable cost.
The world market for medical products is worth about 170 billion euros. German companies in this sector achieve a turnover of about 12 billion euros with a staff of about 85,000. They are thus the third largest supplier of medical technology products, after the United States and Japan. Traditionally, German medical technology has been oriented very much towards international markets: Over 50% of products are exported, and the EU member states are the main importers. Experts believe that this industry will continue to have great growth potential.