Sam Van Alstyne
New Products Marketing Manager, 3M Drug Delivery Systems
It is no secret that technology is transforming the landscape of drug delivery. In the last decade, we’ve seen a major shift in how we think about delivering drugs to patients, and we’re
finding ways to solve problems that, until now, seemed unsolvable. While we’ve made great strides, the influence of digital
technology on drug delivery is still in its infancy, and there are
many hurdles to clear before we reach the finish line. Technology,
by its very nature, is constantly evolving. Innovation never stops.
While this is inherently a good thing, it can be a daunting task to
try to keep up with it. What follows is a snapshot of where the
world of drug delivery technology stands at this particular moment in time.
In attending several digital healthcare conferences each year,
there is a real shift in how we think about using technology in
the delivery of healthcare. Early on, the use of technology was
focused on concepts like tele-medicine as a way to provide
healthcare access to patients in underserved areas. Today, patient
empowerment is at the center of the conversation surrounding
healthcare and drug delivery technology. How can we use tech-
nology to augment existing care and provide the tools to allow
patients to better manage their own condition?
Now, more than ever before, conference topics are focused
on using consumer insights and user-centered design to create
patient-centric products. It is encouraging that this mindset is
becoming mainstream, because it will likely result in vastly improved patient care. Empowering patients to take back control of
their own health, through the use of data and other insights, is a
critical piece of the healthcare puzzle that has been missing for
way too long. When we can help patients have the information
they need, it may help them take action sooner rather than later,
thus improving the situation overall.
As scientists and engineers begin drafting new designs for
Digital Drug Delivery:
A Snapshot in Time
Technology is transforming the future of drug delivery
Photo courtesy of 3M Drug Delivery Systems