Ashley Yeo is attached to the medtech titles within Informa’s Pharma intelligence division.
As Health Care editor on In Vivo (monthly hardcopy and online daily services), he writes and commissions news and feature material to meet the strategic business and market access information needs of senior players and device makers as they move innovations into the global medtech market place.
As part of the Principal Analyst team, he also contributes news delivery and insight needs across the group’s other medtech titles in the field of market access (global regulatory, reimbursement, policy changes). Key areas of focus are Germany, the UK and global themes, and EU and other outside global regulatory insight.
A linguist by training, he joined what was later to become Informa in mid-1988 as a French and German news reporter (with some other European languages also in the mix), and has been editor of three of the group’s titles (including Clinica) over a 14-year-period.
These duties are combined with supporting the growing Ask The Analyst service. He says: “This helps us as a group keep a close relationship with long-term and potential subscribers in a sector where insight and knowledge are key to our clients’ commercial success.”
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Point-of-care/near-patient testing has been “two years away from major breakthrough” for at least two decades, but fast access to data via automation and IT means that progress might change at last. How the tests are paid for remains an issue. The future of POC was the theme of an investor discussion at the first DxPx conference, held during the Medica 2019 event in Germany.
For many, the EU MDR is coming too fast, yet several of its crucial elements are not yet in place. Germany’s liberal FDP MPs say the national government needs to make a stand and address a European issue that will impact German patients. In a motion to parliament, the MPs propose fast-tracking for innovative products and measures to keep orphan devices in circulation.
The Queen’s speech last month signaled new legislation for medical devices after the UK leaves the umbrella of EU legislation, following the December election result. The bill is expected to enter its second reading in March 2020.
The UK is relatively well placed in European comparisons regarding access to medtech funding, but it is also ready and waiting for further improvement, say the local venture capital (BVCA) and healthtech industry (ABHI) associations.
The term artificial intelligence was coined at the Dartmouth Summer Research Project in 1956, but it is only in very recent years that it has been consistently at the top of the agenda in discussions on the future direction of health care. AI is now increasingly seen as a realistic solution to demand overload on clinicians. At the same time, techno-fears are abating. This confluence will transform health care radically in the next two decades.
The UK election result allowed newly-reinstalled prime minister Johnson to tinker with his cabinet. Surviving the small reshuffle was health secretary Matt Hancock, who wasted no time in setting out 2020 plans to support the digitally-enabled NHS of the future.