Medical Technology

The medical technology industry is a renowned part of the overall healthcare sector. In an online and interconnected world, health information technology (HIT) is an increasingly important part of the medtech branch. HIT involves the sharing and analysis of health data through electronic health records which should enable more coordinated and accurate care, although privacy concerns remain among some patients.

The overall industry is forecast to reach an annual size of 500 billion U.S. dollars within the next couple of years. The largest segments within the industry, by revenue, are in vitro diagnostics (IVD), cardiology, diagnostic imaging, and orthopedics. The area of digital health and telemedicine should continue its rise in use and importance, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These solutions have been marketed as a route to more efficient experiences for both the patient and the healthcare provider.

Global medtech revenue
Around 380 bn USD
Leading medtech company
Medtronic Inc.
R&D spending as a share of revenue
6.8 %

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Medical technology industry


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Market size

Revenues continue to grow in medtech
Total global medical technology growth per year from 2010 to 2022
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The global medtech industry’s revenue stood at approximately 384 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. This represented a 37 percent increase since 2011, and the market was forecast to increase to around 600 billion U.S. dollars by 2024. Research and development plays a significant role in the progress of medtech as companies continually pursue the most cutting-edge technologies in healthcare. Over 31 billion U.S. dollars was spent on R&D in the medtech industry in 2019.

Forecast revenue in 2024
Medical technology industry
R&D spending in medtech

Market segment

IVD the leading segment in medtech
Top global medical technology segments by market share in 2017 and 2024
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In vitro diagnostics (IVD) was the leading segment of medical technology globally with a revenue of over 52 billion U.S. dollars. In vitro refers to any tests that diagnose and detect diseases, infections, and other conditions. IVD can range from very simple devices which a person could use in their own homes to very complex instruments used in a laboratory. IVD was projected to remain the most valuable segment in the future.

In vitro diagnostics
Roche market share in IVD market
Largest IVD markets in Europe

Industry trends

Digital health
Projected global telemedicine market between 2019 and 2030 (in billion U.S. dollars)
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Digital health has become a more prominent presence in recent years, and the segment was forecast to continue growing. The market for telemedicine was projected to increase from 45 billion U.S. dollars globally in 2019 to nearly 180 billion U.S. dollars by 2026. Telemedicine has been particularly important since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with patients hesitant to travel for non-urgent appointments.

Digital health
Investment into digital health
Share of digital appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic

Industry leaders

Medtronic Inc the current frontrunner
Medtronic's total revenue from 2006 to 2021 (in million U.S. dollars)
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In 2019, Medtronic Inc. was the leading medical technology company in the world, with a revenue of over 30 billion U.S. dollars. Founded in 1949, Medtronic is a U.S. company currently headquartered in Minnesota but with executive offices in Ireland. Johnson & Johnson, also a U.S. company, had the second-highest revenue at 26 billion U.S. dollars. Within the industry segment of IVD, Swiss company Roche had the highest market share, although this is forecast to decrease slightly by 2024.

Medtronic Inc.
Forecast market leader in 2024
Johnson & Johnson surgical devices

Regional overview

The U.S. the biggest market for now
Total revenues of U.S. and European medical technology companies from 2009 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)
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The U.S. and Western Europe are the most established hubs of the medtech industry, generating the largest share of the global revenue. Consequently, most of the top medtech companies come from these two regions. Asia, and particularly China, are expected to become more prominent within the global industry in the future. In the past 10 years, the value of medtech exports from China has increased and amounted to 28.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

Medtech companies in the U.S. and Europe
Value of medtech exports from China
Medical technology industry in China

Industry Definition

The medical technology category offers data on the products and services used in the healthcare sector. Encompassed within this division are assistive devices, digital health, implantable devices, and overall medical equipment that functions to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases and illnesses. Among the most prominent medical technology products are, but not limited to, pacemakers, imaging instruments, dialysis machines and implants. Medtech is a multi-billion dollar industry for the companies involved in the industry, with operations taking place on a global scale.

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