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The Challenge and Promise of Pediatric Device Innovation

By Daniel Henrich on Jun 7, 2019 9:31:20 AM

375_250-medtech_mindset_dh_mmThis article originally appeared on Med Device Online.

By Matthew R. Maltese, The Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, and Daniel Henrich, Archimedic

As a society, we seem to regard the lives of children as more innocent, precious, and worthy of protection than those of adults. This superior valuation of child well-being is not limited to people with children of their own, or those in attendance at pediatric device conferences: in an ongoing MIT study of human perspectives on how autonomous vehicles should behave in the event of an unavoidable collision, respondents regularly indicate the vehicle should be programmed to spare child passengers or pedestrians over adults.[i] 

However, the medical device marketplace for children does not reflect these values. There are far fewer pediatric devices than adult devices on the market, meaning one of the most vulnerable patient populations also is one of the most underserved. 

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Overcoming Pediatric Device Innovation Challenges

By Daniel Henrich on Mar 26, 2019 12:38:56 PM

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EPISODE 7 - Overcoming Pediatric Device Innovation Challenges

In this episode, Matthew Maltese, Executive Director of the PA Pediatric Medical Device Consortium covers why it can be so hard to bring devices to market for kids and what we can do to help fix that. 

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Innovation Hurdles: Why Pediatric Devices Don’t Make it to Market

By Daniel Henrich on Aug 23, 2018 3:18:00 PM

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Photo Above: Session speakers (from L to R) Dr. Richard S. Davidson (CHOP), Greg Walters (Essential Medical), Adam Dakin (Dreamit Ventures), Matthew Maltese, Ph.D. (CHOP), and Eric Sugalski (Archimedic)

Runaway Train

Imagine there’s a runaway train barreling down the track toward four innocent people. You sit in the railway control room, your hand on the switch that would divert it down an alternate track where it will kill one person instead. Do you flip that switch? This was the question posed last Friday by Matthew Malteseto his audience. With nodding heads and hands raised slowly off their tables, most audience members seemed to agree reluctantly that sacrificing one person to save four others was the ethical choice in this situation. “Alright,” Maltese said as he looked around the room and saw consensus forming, “but how about now?” On the screen behind him, a photo of a little girl had appeared, replacing the faceless silhouette of the single victim the audience had just agreed to sacrifice for the greater good. Not a single hand remained raised.

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