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Analysis of the Western European Infant Care Solutions Market : Preterm Births Spur the Infant Care Solutions Market

  • February 2015
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 123 pages

Summary

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Methodology

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o Quantitative market input
o Qualitative trends that impact the growth rate
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Key Findings

• In Western Europe, although the market is saturated, there has been increased incidences of preterm births that have fuelled the requirement for specialised devices and skilled and trained professionals for these devices.
• A lack of funds in Western Europe has led to a trend of sharing maternal and neonatal care facilities among hospitals. Care providers are looking to offer cost-effective and safe treatment options, thereby providing better patient care. However, this restrains the revenue generated by equipment sales.
• The on-going consolidation of hospitals in the region because of budgetary constraints will adversely affect the growth of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) market. As NICUs and delivery beds are shared between merged hospitals, the need and demand for infant care equipment is facing a severe downturn.
• Due to budgetary constraints across several parts of Western Europe, hospitals are seeking alternative solutions, which has led to increased interest in rented and/or leased infant care solutions.
• The infant care solutions market in Western Europe is saturated. With a high replacement lifecycle, demand for the equipment is comparatively low and occurs at regular intervals. Furthermore, stiff competition, uneven reimbursement policies, and higher healthcare costs in the region has reduced the scope for expansion.
• Demand for all-in-one devices for the NICU is on the rise. Requirements for combined devices are rising, especially for infant incubators and radiant warmers, phototherapy systems with radiant warmers, and transport incubators that have the capabilities of a mobile NICU.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs?
Will there be partnerships or mergers and acquisitions to gain market presence amongst vendors?
Would the end user prefer superior technology over a cost-effective method of treatment?
How are the demographic and infrastructure changes influencing the demand for devices within neonatal units?

CEO’s Perspective

There is an increase in demand for infant care solutions with an increasing patient population.
The market is likely to witness an increase in mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships as companies collaborate to gain profit.
A technically skilled workforce is needed to strengthen customer relationships for increased sales in this market.
To treat an increased patient base in NICU facilities, devices and skilled professionals are required in hospitals.
Limited hospital spending continues to restrict growth.

3 Big Predictions

NICU capabilities will expand in Western Europe.
Single, multifunctional devices will have an increased market presence.
Mergers and acquisitions would pave the way for companies to advance both technologically and geographically.

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