COVID -19 Impact on the Fetal Monitoring Market

Posted by Kriti on June 3rd, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has compelled regulatory bodies, such as the FDA, to ease their regulatory norms for fetal monitors to support the uninterrupted care regime of expectant mothers. Relaxations in rules have paved the way for several key players to smoothly launch fetal monitors equipped with tele-ultrasound monitoring, noninvasive features, and portable technologies. For instance, the FDA released its updated April 2020 FDA guidance amid the pandemic, under which Philips successfully launched its fetal monitor, Avalon CL, in the US on June 12, 2020. The FDA’s enforcement policy for noninvasive fetal and maternal monitoring devices aims to increase access to devices that could reduce the need for in-clinic visits and reduce the burden on doctor’s offices and hospitals during the pandemic.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to various valuable partnerships among companies, which is anticipated to fuel the market's growth. For instance, in January 2021, Israel-based Nuvo Group (offering a remote pregnancy monitoring platform) entered into a commercial agreement with Axia Women’s Health, an innovative women’s health network. Under the agreement, Axia Women’s Health will be able to prescribe INVU to expectant mothers, which is expected to reduce the risk of exposure during COVID-19.

The growth of this market is driven by the escalating prevalence of preterm births, favorable government policies, advanced technologies of fetal monitoring systems, and active product launches.

The fetal monitoring market is projected to reach USD 5.2 billion by 2026 from USD 3.7 billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2021 to 2026.

“Antepartum is expected to hold the largest share of the fetal monitoring market, by application in 2021.”

Based on application, the fetal heart monitoring market is segmented into antepartum and intrapartum. The antepartum segment accounts for the largest share of the fetal monitoring market. Antepartum fetal monitoring is carried out throughout the gestation period to diagnose any congenital fetal abnormalities. The extensive monitoring regimes, recent product launches, surging prevalence of fetal anomalies, and maternal mortalities drive the growth of the antepartum segment.

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 “Hospitals are expected to hold the largest share of the fetal monitoring market, by end user in 2021.”

The fetal heart monitoring marketis segmented into hospitals, obstetrics & gynecology clinics, and home care settings based on end users. In 2020, hospitals accounted for the largest share of this market. This segments growth can be attributed to several factors, such as highly advanced facilities in hospitals and the increasing number of pregnancy procedures. Technological advancements, coupled with government funding, are also encouraging the installation of new tools and devices in hospitals, thus supporting market growth.

 “North America commanded the largest share of the fetal monitoring market in 2021.”

On the basis of region, the fetal heart monitoring marketis segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. In 2019, North America commanded the largest share of the fetal monitoring market. The large share of this market segment can be attributed to the presence of an established reimbufrsement structure coupled with availability of experts in the North American countries.

Leading Companies

Cardinal Health, Inc. (US), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Netherlands), GE Healthcare (US), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. (US), Natus Medical Incorporated (US), Huntleigh Healthcare Limited (UK), The Cooper Companies Inc. (US), CONTEC Medical Systems Co., Ltd. (China), EDAN Diagnostics, Inc. (China), Neoventa Medical AB (Sweden), Bionet Co., Ltd. (South Korea), Progetti Srl (Italy), TRISMED Co., Ltd. (Republic of Korea), ShenZhen Luckcome Technology Inc. (China), MedGyn Products, Inc (US), Dixion (Germany), Promed Group Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong), Advanced Instrumentations (US), BRAEL-Medical Equipment (Poland), GPC Medical (India), BISTOS (Korea), Mediana (Korea), Life Plus (India), ChoiceMMed (China), Trivitron Healthcare (India), Dott Medical Co. Ltd. (China), Monarch Meditech (India), and Shenzhen Comen Medical Instruments Co., Ltd. (China).

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