Stethoscope Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Stethoscope Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Technology Type (Electronic/Digital Stethoscope, Smart Stethoscope), By Sales Channel, By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2024 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-050-7
  • Number of Report Pages: 300
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2022
  • Forecast Period: 2024 - 2030 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Research Methodology

A three-pronged approach was followed for deducing the stethoscope market estimates and forecasts. The process has three steps: information procurement, analysis, and validation. The whole process is cyclical, and steps repeat until the estimates are validated. The three steps are explained in detail below:

Information procurement: Information procurement is one of the most extensive and important stages in our research process, and quality data is critical for accurate analysis. We followed a multi-channel data collection process for stethoscope market to gather the most reliable and current information possible.

  • We buy access to paid databases such as Hoover’s and Factiva for company financials, industry information, white papers, industry journals, SME journals, and more.
  • We tap into Grand View’s proprietary database of data points and insights from active and archived monitoring and reporting.
  • We conduct primary research with industry experts through questionnaires and one-on-one phone interviews.
  • We pull from reliable secondary sources such as white papers and government statistics, published by organizations like WHO, NGOs, World Bank, etc., Key Opinion Leaders (KoL) publications, company filings, investor documents, and more.
  • We purchase and review investor analyst reports, broker reports, academic commentary, government quotes, and wealth management publications for insightful third-party perspectives.

Analysis: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilized different methods of stethoscope market data depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Research Efforts: Bottom-up Approach for estimating and forecasting demand size and opportunity, top-down Approach for new product forecasting and penetration, and combined approach of both Bottom-up and Top-down for full coverage analysis.

  • Value-Chain-Based Sizing & Forecasting: Supply-side estimates for understanding potential revenue through competitive benchmarking, forecasting, and penetration modeling.

  • Demand-side estimates for identifying parent and ancillary markets, segment modeling, and heuristic forecasting.

  • Qualitative Functional Deployment (QFD) Modelling for market share assessment.

Market formulation and validation: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilize different methods of data analysis depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Formulation: This step involves the finalization of market numbers. This step on an internal level is designed to manage outputs from the Data Analysis step.

  • Data Normalization: The final market estimates and forecasts are then aligned and sent to industry experts, in-panel quality control managers for validation.

  • This step also entails the finalization of the report scope and data representation pattern.

  • Validation: The process entails multiple levels of validation. All these steps run in parallel, and the study is forwarded for publishing only if all three levels render validated results.

Stethoscope Market Categorization:

The stethoscope market was categorized into four segments, namely technology type (Electronic/Digital Stethoscope, Smart Stethoscope, Traditional Acoustic Stethoscope), sales channel (Distributors, E-commerce, Direct Purchase), end use (Home Healthcare, Hospitals, Clinics, Nurse Practitioners, EMT/ First Responders, Veterinary) and regions (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa).

Segment Market Methodology:

The stethoscope market was segmented into technology type, sales channel, end use and regions. The demand at a segment level was deduced using a funnel method. Concepts like the TAM, SAM, SOM, etc., were put into practice to understand the demand. We at GVR deploy three methods to deduce market estimates and determine forecasts. These methods are explained below:

Market research approaches: Bottom-up

  • Demand estimation of each product across countries/regions summed up to from the total market.

  • Variable analysis for demand forecast.

  • Demand estimation via analyzing paid database, and company financials either via annual reports or paid database.

  • Primary interviews for data revalidation and insight collection.

Market research approaches: Top-down

  • Used extensively for new product forecasting or analyzing penetration levels.

  • Tool used invoice product flow and penetration models Use of regression multi-variant analysis for forecasting Involves extensive use of paid and public databases.

  • Primary interviews and vendor-based primary research for variable impact analysis.

Market research approaches: Combined

  • This is the most common method. We apply concepts from both the top-down and bottom-up approaches to arrive at a viable conclusion.

Regional Market Methodology:

The stethoscope market was analyzed at a regional level. The global was divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa, keeping in focus variables like consumption patterns, export-import regulations, consumer expectations, etc. These regions were further divided into twenty-three countries, namely, the U.S.; Canada; the UK.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Thailand; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; Kuwait; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; and UAE.

All three above-mentioned market research methodologies were applied to arrive at regional-level conclusions. The regions were then summed up to form the global market.

Stethoscope market companies & financials:

The stethoscope market was analyzed via companies operating in the sector. Analyzing these companies and cross-referencing them to the demand equation helped us validate our assumptions and conclusions. Key market players analyzed include:

  • 3M - 3M is a global company that specializes in the development, production, and marketing of a diverse array of products and services. The company’s operations are divided into four main segments: safety & industrial; transportation & electronics; healthcare; and consumer. The healthcare segment encompasses products and services such as skin health & infection prevention products, oral care solutions, transdermal drug delivery systems, electrodes, and stethoscopes. 3M distributes its products through a variety of direct and indirect channels, which include wholesalers, retailers, dealers, and distributors in numerous countries worldwide. The company has approximately 75 manufacturing plants spread across around 30 states in the U.S., and it operates nearly 110 manufacturing and converting facilities in about 35 other countries.

  • THINKLABS MEDICAL LLC - Thinklabs Medical LLC is a company that specializes in the production and distribution of digital stethoscopes. These devices are made in their U.S. facility and are utilized by doctors across various fields such as telehealth, infectious disease, medical education, and veterinary medicine. The stethoscope finds its application in numerous medical specialties including cardiology, pulmonology, general practice, internal medicine, intensive care, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and even in veterinary medicine. Clinical researchers also use this device to record and analyze sounds for disease studies. In 2020, Thinklabs experienced a sales increase of over 70.0%, largely due to the high demand from hospitals dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients.

  • EKO DEVICES INC. - Eko Devices, Inc. is a company that specializes in the creation and distribution of noninvasive digital medical devices and medical technologies that can be used with smartphones. They have created a platform that includes clinical software and devices for monitoring cardiovascular health, aiming to enhance cardiovascular care. Their product line includes a digital stethoscope, which is the first of its kind to be approved by the FDA. This stethoscope allows for the integration of heart and lung sounds with hospital Electronic Health Records (EHRs), facilitating better documentation and monitoring. Eko’s products are sold to a wide range of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and researchers. Moreover, Eko offers a comprehensive home-based solution that combines improved auscultation and simplified ECG monitoring. Their stethoscopes are also utilized by veterinarians for both large and small animals.

  • PAUL HARTMANN AG - Paul Hartmann AG is a company that specializes in the production and distribution of medical and hygiene products. It operates in five key areas: disinfection, incontinence management, personal healthcare, risk prevention, and wound management. The disinfection division offers products such as hand sanitizers, surface and instrument disinfectants, and skin care and antiseptic solutions. The incontinence management division provides comprehensive incontinence slips for varying degrees of urinary and fecal incontinence. The personal care division includes products such as adhesive plasters, blood pressure monitors, and fever thermometers. In addition, Hartmann-Conco, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary, manufactures and sells the Clinicloud Stethoscope. Paul Hartmann AG’s products are available in over 100 countries, and the company has a presence in more than 35 countries.

  • STETHOME SP. Z O.O. - StethoMe sp. z.o.o. is a startup company that leverages artificial intelligence to focus on telemedical applications. They create technologies that can examine and identify abnormalities related to the respiratory system and heart. The company provides a smart, portable stethoscope that patients can use at home, with the capability to send all the collected data directly to their doctors. The technology developed by StethoMe is specifically designed for telemedical applications and can be integrated with Electronic Document Management (EDM), Health Information Systems (HIS), or other telemedical systems.

  • WELCH ALLYN (HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.) - Welch Allyn, a shared subsidiary of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., and Hill-Rom EU LLC, is a global designer, developer, and marketer of medical devices. The company’s operations are divided into three main segments: Patient Support Systems, Front Line Care, and Surgical Solutions. The Front Line Care segment provides patient monitoring and diagnostic products, including stethoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, otoscopes, diagnostic cardiology, and audiometers, all under the Welch Allyn brand. This segment also sells and rents respiratory care products used to diagnose and treat various illnesses and diseases. Welch Allyn’s products are sold globally and cater to various clinical care settings, including primary care, acute care, extended care facilities, and home care. Hill-Rom Holdings participates in the sale and rental of products, serving patients at home through a direct sales force and authorized distributors.

  • GF HEALTH PRODUCTS, INC. - GF Health Products, Inc. is a privately held company that manufactures and distributes medical and surgical supplies globally. The company offers a wide range of products and over 50,000 items are used in hospitals, clinics, primary care, long-term facilities, and for people being cared for at home. It offers diagnostics, rehabilitative & respiratory equipment, exercise & mobility, home safety products, and pressure management equipment.

  • RUDOLF RIESTER GMBH (HALMA PLC.) - Rudolf Riester GmbH, a subsidiary of Halma plc, is dedicated to the development, manufacture, and sale of a diverse array of products aimed at enhancing and safeguarding quality of life. The company operates through four key segments: Medical, Infrastructure Safety, Process Safety, and Environmental & Analysis. The Medical segment provides products that aid in primary eye care applications and sensor technologies, which are utilized in hospitals for monitoring and ensuring the safety of patients and staff. Halma has a global footprint, with operations in over 20 countries worldwide, including major operations in the U.S., UK, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

  • AMERICAN DIAGNOSTICS CORPORATION - American Diagnostic Corporation is a company that specializes in the production and distribution of diagnostic medical products, personal instruments, and accessories for the healthcare sector. Their product range includes blood pressure instruments, stethoscopes, and other essential diagnostic items. They also create products for original equipment manufacturers, which are then distributed by leading manufacturers and distributors. American Diagnostic holds a prominent position as the top brand and private-label provider of blood pressure instruments and stethoscopes in the U.S. Their products are available in over 60 countries spanning six continents and are used by healthcare institutions and professionals worldwide.

  • CARDIONICS - Cardionics manufactures and provides auscultation simulation products and services. The company offers electronic stethoscopes & accessories, informative instruments, and bedside auscultation systems. It also enables and supports classroom tutoring and clinical & telehealth programs in medical institutions & universities globally. The company provides its products and services to clinics, hospitals, research laboratories, and telemedicine settings across the globe.

Value chain-based sizing & forecasting

Supply Side Estimates

  • Company revenue estimation via referring to annual reports, investor presentations, and Hoover’s.

  • Segment revenue determination via variable analysis and penetration modeling.

  • Competitive benchmarking to identify market leaders and their collective revenue shares.

  • Forecasting via analyzing commercialization rates, pipelines, market initiatives, distribution networks, etc.

Demand side estimates

  • Identifying parent markets and ancillary markets

  • Segment penetration analysis to obtain pertinent

  • revenue/volume

  • Heuristic forecasting with the help of subject matter experts

  • Forecasting via variable analysis

Stethoscope Market Report Objectives:

  • Understanding market dynamics (in terms of drivers, restraints, & opportunities) in the countries.

  • Understanding trends & variables in the individual countries & their impact on growth and using analytical tools to provide high-level insights into the market dynamics and the associated growth pattern.

  • Understanding market estimates and forecasts (with the base year as 2022, historic information from 2018 to 2021, and forecast from 2023 to 2030). Regional estimates & forecasts for each category are available and are summed up to form the global market estimates.

Stethoscope Market Report Assumptions:

  • The report provides market value for the base year 2022 and a yearly forecast till 2030 in terms of revenue/volume or both. The market for each of the segment outlooks has been provided on region & country basis for the above-mentioned forecast period.

  • The key industry dynamics, major technological trends, and application markets are evaluated to understand their impact on the demand for the forecast period. The growth rates were estimated using correlation, regression, and time-series analysis.

  • We have used the bottom-up approach for market sizing, analyzing key regional markets, dynamics, & trends for various products and end-users. The total market has been estimated by integrating the country markets.

  • All market estimates and forecasts have been validated through primary interviews with the key industry participants.

  • Inflation has not been accounted for to estimate and forecast the market.

  • Numbers may not add up due to rounding off.

  • Europe consists of EU-8, Central & Eastern Europe, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • Asia Pacific includes South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand).

  • Latin America includes Central American countries and the South American continent

  • Middle East includes Western Asia (as assigned by the UN Statistics Division) and the African continent.

Primary Research

GVR strives to procure the latest and unique information for reports directly from industry experts, which gives it a competitive edge. Quality is of utmost importance to us, therefore every year we focus on increasing our experts’ panel. Primary interviews are one of the critical steps in identifying recent market trends and scenarios. This process enables us to justify and validate our market estimates and forecasts to our clients. With more than 8,000 reports in our database, we have connected with some key opinion leaders across various domains, including healthcare, technology, consumer goods, and the chemical sector. Our process starts with identifying the right platform for a particular type of report, i.e., emails, LinkedIn, seminars, or telephonic conversation, as every report is unique and requires a differentiated approach.

We send out questionnaires to different experts from various regions/ countries, which is dependent on the following factors:

  • Report/Market scope: If the market study is global, we send questionnaires to industry experts across various regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA.

  • Market Penetration: If the market is driven by technological advancements, population density, disease prevalence, or other factors, we identify experts and send out questionnaires based on region or country dominance.

The time to start receiving responses from industry experts varies based on how niche or well-penetrated the market is. Our reports include a detailed chapter on the KoL opinion section, which helps our clients understand the perspective of experts already in the market space.

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