MedTech Week Magazine 2018 At a glance

Highlights from the 3rd Edition of the Award-Winning MedTech Week Magazine

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I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our members for their enormous efforts in making the role of medical technologies more widely known during MedTech Week 2018 last June.

Now in it's fourth year, MedTech Week brings out the best in the companies and national associations that represent our industry. Together, they have served up dozens of examples in unwavering ingenuity to illustrate the value of medtech.

Serge Bernasconi
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perspectives 2018 Dialysis at Home

‘Dialysis at home: savings lives, preserving autonomy’

Dialysis can be essential to the wellbeing of people living with kidney failure.

perspectives 2018 Protect our Health

‘Committed to protect our health from Roberto Bertollini, HFE honorary president’

perspectives 2018 Value Based Healthcare
Value of medtech, Expert

‘Thinking smarter & working harder to deliver Value-Based Healthcare – Together’

Michelle Brennan, Chair of the Board of MedTech Europe and Company Group Chair, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)

perspectives 2018 AI
Digital Health, Expert

‘Artificial intelligence: The next revolution in healthcare?’

At the turn of the century, healthcare companies were at the zenith of an ‘innovate-manufacture-sell’ business model.

perspectives 2018 Musculoskeletal Healthcare
Digital Health, Expert

‘How digital technologies will reshape musculoskeletal healthcare’

Digital technologies provide an opportunity to move musculoskeletal care to the heart of value-based healthcare. MedTech Views spoke to Satschin Bansal of Zimmer Biomet about some of the innovations that will change the field.

perspectives 2018 Colorectal Cancer

‘Colorectal cancer: don’t delay diagnosis’

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and the second most common in Europe. The disease can be fatal but early diagnosis and intervention are improving outcomes for patients.

perspectives 2018 Diagnosing Stis
Diagnostics, Expert

‘Diagnosing STIs: faster tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea can help reduce the spread of disease’

Advances in diagnostic technologies give patients same-day test results for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

perspectives 2018 Asthma

‘Asthma is a struggle – imagine carrying a 50kg stone around all day’

For people living with severe asthma, daily tasks can be a real challenge.

perspectives 2018 Digital Health
Digital Health, Expert

‘Digital health is here – time to take the lead’

How do we prepare Europe for future technologies?

perspectives 2018 Deafness

‘Diagnosing Deafness’

Timely cochlear implant surgery can significantly help deaf children’s speech, language, cognitive and socio-emotional behaviour.

‘Diagnosing Deafness’

Timely cochlear implant surgery can significantly help deaf children’s speech, language, cognitive and socio-emotional behaviour. Screening newborn babies improves the chances of early detection – and action.


Patrick D’Haese, Corporate Director of Awareness and Public Affairs for MED-EL


This blog is part of the Early Diagnosis campaign #BeFirst


Early diagnosis and care can prevent illness from developing and slow disease progression. Lab tests, genetic tests, tests for chronic diseases and modern lab diagnostics can help facilitate earlier intervention and improves outcomes for patients and are increasingly valuable in informing treatment choice.

Helena was born in Vienna in January 2015. The pregnancy and birth were what all parents hope for: unremarkable and normal. Four days after birth, the results of newborn hearing screening were cause for concern. The doctors suspected water in the ear canal and referred the parents to an ENT specialist.

Three weeks passed, with one test after another. In the end, it became clear: Helena was deaf in both ears. The hair cells in the inner ear were not conducting the sound signals to the auditory nerve. The doctors suspected a genetic cause.

“We had no experience with hearing loss. Nor did we know that cochlear implants existed”, says Helena’s mother Christine. “My first thought was: she’ll never be able to speak, she’ll never sing, never say ‘Mummy’.”

But things turned out differently because when doctors told them about the possibility of cochlear implantation.

“We were so relieved. Right away we were determined to have the implantation done,” says Christine. Their daughter was implanted at the age of ten months.

Today Helena uses cochlear implants in both ears, she enjoys playing her keyboard and the xylophone. She receives regular support from a speech therapist and is developing very well: she is speaking her first words and chats away like hearing children do.

“She likes using her CIs”, says Christine and recalls the first Christmas after implantation: “The implant was switched on for the first time on 17 December. Our family always rings a little bell on Christmas Eve. Helena reacted to this ringing and even ‘sang along’ with the Christmas carols. That was the loveliest moment. It was the best decision for us. It enables our daughter to live in the hearing world”, says Christine. “I would advise anyone in the same situation to have the implantation done.”

Early identification is key

Over 5% of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organisations. Approximately 32 million of these are children. Unaddressed hearing loss can have a profound impact on children’s development and on the families. It is also associated with a global cost of $750 billion dollars per year.

range of tests can be used to check babies hearing and, where deafness is identified, determine the cause. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and multidisciplinary support improve outcomes for children born with congenital hearing loss.

“Early identification followed by prompt and appropriate management can effectively reduce the impact of deafness and hearing loss on the life of an individual,” says the WHO. “Neonatal and Infant hearing screening programmes are an effective strategy for early intervention in cases of congenital and early onset hearing loss.”

The right tests at the right time, followed by the appropriate intervention, can ensure that children like Helena reach their full potential.

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