The digital revolution is also making its presence felt in the area of healthcare. At the Medica 2015 trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany (16-19 November, 2015), innovative concepts and technologies for health care providers were presented.
The key topics surrounding “networking”, “digitalisation” and “wearables” causing a particular degree of enthusiasm. The world’s biggest medical trade fair was attended by 1,30,000 professional visitors from around 120 different countries.
More than half were international visitors and many of the delegates were from North and Latin America. What was noticeable was the increasing numbers from Iran and countries of West Asia. According to Mr. Joachim Schafer, Managing Director of the Dusseldorf Trade Fair, 96% of the visitors had decision-making authority.
In combination with health apps and wearables, smart phones have the potential to become an indispensable part of networked health in the future. The range of products stretches from fitness trackers to intelligent plasters, which monitor body data with sensors, through to mobile ECG systems for tablet PCs and smart phones.
The Medica Medicine+Sports Conference took place for a third time, and is now a hotspot for innovations in the area of sports medicine. Among the various attractions the ‘Fitness Point’ was one of the highlights.
Participants were able to have their basal metabolism, their biological age, their physical composition and their lung functioning analysed.
The varied programme, which consisted of a panel discussion, three presentation sessions, and the guided innovation tour, was received very positively by the participants.