The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the sector, said that the latest figures from Eurostat on ‘Amenbale and preventable deaths statistics’ showed that the medtech sector in Ireland plays a vital role in saving and improving patients lives and can help avoid further deaths with better use of medical experts as part of a more effective health service.
Speaking after a Patient-Industry Dialogue held in Dublin to launch Medtech Week (19 – 23 June), Sinead Keogh, Director of the Irish Medtech Association stated: “The latest figures from Eurostat for 2014 show that more than 33% of death from certain diseases in people below the age of 75 could have been avoided with better use of medical technology and medical knowledge as a part of effective health care. There were 126.2 avoidable deaths per 100,000 inhabitants across the EU according to the latest data. Figures for Ireland showed there were 112.4 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants. This is better than the EU average, and compares favourably to our closest neighbour, the UK, which reported 116.1 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants for the same period. Our ability to attract some of the world’s leading clinicians and medical experts, as well as our dynamic medtech industry, plays a vital role in saving patients lives. Ireland is also a global medtech hub, with more than 500,000 product types on the market to diagnose, monitor and treat patients, meaning that people in Ireland are perhaps more aware of the role medtech plays in saving lives.”