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Exclusive interview with Omar Ishrak: Medtronic will be even more global

Medtronic will be less exclusively a therapy-oriented company as it looks to find revenue by leveraging other resources such as technology and health IT. It will be more international. And it will be involved in developing the infrastructure – in other words training doctors and providing awareness – as it seeks to provide more access to healthcare overseas.“There is an awareness issue (in certain countries) where culturally there is an acceptance that certain things happen because people just get old, ” Ishrak said. “There is a lack of awareness and education that certain things are possible. So there are some basic awareness and capability, infrastructure that can be built to service people.”

In a 35-minute interview with MedCity News, Medtronic’s new leader talked about his plans to dig deeper into India; expand global hiring in research and development, including in niche areas and in basic science work; and further integrate health IT through the company’s repetoire of new innovative medical devices. Ishrak also touched on topics ranging from healthcare reform, Kyphon,Infuse, and social media.

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