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
Chief Executive, MedTech Europe
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perspectives 2018 Dialysis at Home
Expert

‘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
Belgium

‘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
Expert

‘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
Patient

‘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
Expert

‘Diagnosing Deafness’

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

Sports therapy

Exploring the connection between sport, health and medtech

A public conference put the spotlight on the role of medical technologies in the lives of sportspeople, and the value of staying healthy through physical activity. The event, held on 7 June in Boulogne-Billancourt, was hosted by Medtronic France, attracting high-level figures from the world of sport.

Speakers included Professor Etienne Aliot, a cardiologist and member of French Football Federation; Stéphane Tardieu, French Paralympic rowing champion; M. Serge Schaefer, a long-distance runner with cardiovascular problems; and M. Stéphane Augé a cyclist with chronic pain.

All four provided personal insights about health issues and sport, including how athletes have managed to overcome health challenges to engage in a new life – thanks to medical technologies and sport. The discussion was led by Isabelle Gayrard, the chief editor of French health websites, medisite.fr and e-sante.fr.

Prof Etienne Alliot stressed that health problems need not be a barrier to physical activity, noting that staying active can have a positive effect on health. ‘It is the underlying illness that can be a contraindication e.g. in case of cardiopathy or arrhythmia but the practice of a sport - avoiding violent sports that could cause a shock to the device - is not contraindicated’ he said.

The event was well received by attendees and helped to highlight the ways in which medtech can support people in living normal and healthy lives.

‘We are convinced that physical activity is one of the component to help live a longer life and in better shape,’ said Yves Morel, Marketing manager at Medtronic France. Chronic diseases – or even minor aches and pains – must not prevent the practice of sport.’

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