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Jul 9, 2024

‘MeDevIS to boost medical tech’

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced an online platform called MeDevIS (Medical Devices Information System).

It is the first global open access clearing house for information on medical devices designed to support governments, regulators and users in their decision-making on selection, procurement and use of medical devices for diagnostics, testing and treatment of diseases and health conditions, said the WHO.

The MeDevIS platform includes 2301 types of medical devices used for a broad-ranging health issues, including reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes as well as infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

There are over 10 000 different medical devices that are being used for protection, prevention, diagnostics, treatment or rehabilitation of health issues globally.  MeDevIS replaces paper-based literature search across multiple publications with non-standard device names which can add to the complexity, it said adding it this medical device is the first time WHO has developed.