UK Medtech Readies For Wellness Era With Digital Role For Davies
Amid a flurry of news at the ABHI, Andrew Davies, erstwhile director of market access, has been given the brief of digital lead at the UK’s main healthtech industry association. His task will be to prepare and advise UK manufacturers, as health systems transition to data-driven health care.
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