MedTech Week Magazine 2019 At a glance

Highlights from the 5th Edition of the Award-Winning MedTech Week Magazine

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I am particularly pleased to see so many examples of companies reaching out to their communities and engaging with employees – after all, medtech is really about people rather than technology.

Serge Bernasconi
Chief Executive, MedTech Europe
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Perspectives New role for Clinical Research Organisations
Regulations and legal, Expert

New role for Clinical Research Organisations

Two new EU Regulations will require the collection and analysis of more data during clinical investigations

Perspectives Green is the new black
Value of medtech, Expert

Green is the new black

Climate action is rightfully gaining space on the policy agenda. Healthcare is part of the problem and must become part of the solution.

Perspectives Improving the lives of people living with diabetes
Diabetes, Expert

Improving the lives of people living with diabetes

It is incredible when I think that nearly 100 years have passed since the discovery of insulin. Since then, insulin has saved the lives of millions of people living with diabetes around the world.

Perspectives What do patients want
Diagnostics, Expert

What do patients want?

Patients don’t care about technology – they care about the quality of life

Perspectives Career inspiration My journey in biomedical engineering
Career and education, Expert

Career inspiration: My journey to biomedical engineering

At the age of seventeen, I was good at maths and sciences, but I did not know what to study after secondary school.

Perspectives Are you ready for Eudamed
Regulations and legal, Expert

Are you ready for Eudamed?

One of the biggest changes on the healthcare horizon will be new EU requirements for product information. If you are not already preparing for this, start now – the clock is ticking.

Perspectives Changing health changing lives
Value of medtech, Expert

Changing health, changing lives

Our sector has changed a great deal in the last decade, but there is much more innovation to come – notably in customisation and data.

Perspectives Incontinence  Breaking the taboo
Value of medtech, Expert

Incontinence: Breaking the taboo

The condition can be treated, often cured, and always managed

Perspectives Will it make the boat go faster
Value of medtech, Expert

‘Will it make the boat go faster?’

We need to work in partnership with healthcare providers to understand the true value of technologies.

Perspectives The future of medicine is personal
Value of medtech, Expert

The future of medicine is personal

We must all play our part in embedding personalised medicine into Europe’s healthcare systems

Green is the new black

Climate action is rightfully gaining space on the policy agenda. Healthcare is part of the problem and must become part of the solution.

Prof. Damien Gruson

Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc

We are exceeding the Earth's capacity, reaching the limits of growth on a finite planet. As the third largest employer in the world, healthcare has the potential to make a significant impact on European sustainability strategies.

Reducing hospital admissions and waste is not only critical for human health, but also for environmental and financial sustainability. Waste management initiatives offer great opportunities to reduce both environmental footprints and waste disposal expenses while improving the supply chain.

I believe we can achieve significant cost savings – as high as 40-70 percent of waste disposal outlays, representing €3.5-6 billion in savings for the health industry. In addition, I see a major role for healthcare settings in reducing environmental impact by using their resources more efficiently, designing ‘greener’ buildings, and fostering primary care.

It is important to embrace a recycling culture inside hospitals and start reducing the use of environment damaging products such as plastic. Cafeterias in hospitals can also play their part by serving locally-grown fresh produce. 

Hospitals should work with vendors to ensure that the products the hospital purchases are as environmentally friendly as possible, from medical supplies to printer paper. Reducing energy use is particularly tricky for hospitals, but I assure you it is not impossible.

We still have a long way to go but collaboration amongst EU systems, and a common vision for the future, can only help.

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