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Dear Friend of Medical Technology:

Today, many life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions no longer pose the threat they once did in part because medical technology companies are changing the face of health care.

We are at a time of unprecedented promise in the realm of medical technology. Through earlier and more accurate diagnosis, less invasive procedures and improved treatment options, medical technology is transforming health care while dramatically improving and enhancing the lives and productivity of Canadians and patients worldwide.

Significant gains in patient outcomes and improved health care system efficiencies over the long term are achieved with the safe and proven technology solutions offered by today's medical technology companies.

Medical technology contributes to the current and future goals of our federal and provincial governments, health care providers and funding decision makers to: decrease wait times; increase patient access; reduce healthcare costs; transform healthcare delivery; and, treat an ever increasing patient population. These achievements are not always fully understood or recognized in Canada. It is time for the successes of medical technologies to be recognized Transforming Health Through Medical Technology is a compilation of innovative health technologies highlighting the remarkable stories of Canadian patients, researchers, physicians and other health care providers. Some you will recognize and others will have stories that may surprise you. All of them demonstrate how medical technology has helped people live more vibrant, productive and healthier lives.

You will also notice a section highlighting a few medical technologies that have not yet been licensed - or "innovations of the future". These stories illustrate the vast potential that medical technologies will continue to bring to health care well into our future.

These profiles have been compiled by MEDEC, an association representing medical technology companies who are concerned about Canadian patients and health care.

They see a bright future for patients, doctors and Canadians through the use of medical technology. We hope these stories paint the same bright picture for you.


Stephen Dibert
President and CEO, MEDEC

James Wilson
MEDEC Board Chair and Chair of MEDEC Value of Technology Advisory Committee; Clinical Research and Government Affairs, Biomet International

David Cameron
Past Chair, MEDEC Board of Directors; Senior Business Director, St. Jude Medical Canada Inc.

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MEDEC is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our publicly-funded health care system. We are committed to supporting the growth of a strong and vibrant medical technology industry that contributes to Canada’s innovation economy.

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