Innovation in Medicine
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ISSN (printed): 1660-2250. ISSN (electronic): 1660-2269.
Over the past 25 years in the Western world, scientific and technological advances in the treatment of disease have dramatically outpaced changes in the financial and social structure of healthcare delivery and innovation. This disparity has stimulated intensive, important and interesting debate between medical professionals, industry and government regulators. In its most basic form, the emerging debate has considered the issue of each person's right to new forms of healthcare. How does a society decide which new medicines, technologies and tests should become available to all of its citizens? How do these national decisions fit into and affect a global pattern of healthcare delivery? The current answers, arrived at almost by default, have fragmented markets, harmed innovators and mystified consumers as to the value of those technologies and the wisdom of spending money on healthcare technologies in general. Despite the importance of these questions, there exists today no journal which covers the interdisciplinary and dynamic world of the global medical community from the perspective of the role of social and scientific innovation. Innovation in Medicine fills this void and serves as a communication platform between scientists, government leaders in healthcare and top executives of pharmaceutical, biotechnological as well as medical equipment and device corporations. Each quarterly issue contains peer-reviewed reports and guest columns from leading members of the major healthcare sectors, an interactive research section, an open corner and a book review section, as well as a special description of a historical medical innovation. It furthermore complements the annual debate on innovation held at the Global Medical Forum conferences.
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